LOS ANGELES -- What began as a reunion matchup between former Boston starters Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe -- with their Red Sox manager from 2002-03 looking on from the Dodgers dugout -- wound up with Martinez touched for seven runs, six of them earned, and the Mets on the short end of an 8-5 outcome Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. "D-Lowe was the least of my worries," Martinez said. "I couldn't make pitches today, so ... hey. I didn't feel that good to pitch. I didn't feel like I was locked in." Lowe (5-3) pitched six innings for the win, giving up two runs on five hits and outlasting Martinez (5-2), who left after five-plus innings as the Dodgers sent 11 men to the plate while scoring six in the sixth.
A two-run homer by Matt Kemp ignited the outburst, and after Russell Martin's single drove in two more, Martinez was lifted for Heath Bell. Andre Ethier reached second on Jose Valentin's second error of the inning and came home on Rafael Furcal's single. After stealing second and moving to third on Kenny Lofton's single, Furcal scored on Bell's wild pitch. Martinez said with a smile, "The home run [to Kemp] was the best pitch I made all game. He caught me there. He ambushed me. It caught up with me." In the mind of manager Willie Randolph, "The big play probably was the double play we didn't turn," a reference to Valentin's overthrow while attempting to double up Ethier. Against rookie reliever Jonathan Broxton, the Mets began a three-run rally in the seventh with a run-scoring single by Carlos Delgado, followed by a bases-loaded walk to David Wright. Carlos Beltran came home when Wright reached on a fielder's choice. Takashi Saito relieved Broxton in the seventh, and Dodgers closer Eric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season. The Dodgers' two-run rally in the first inning looked a lot like like the Mets' three-run rally in the first the night before, as Lofton singled and hot-hitting Nomar Garciaparra drilled his seventh home run to deep left-center on Martinez's first offering. When someone noted that Garciaparra didn't give Martinez much time, the right-hander said, "Nomar doesn't give anybody much time. If I'd given him the pitch I struck him out on [in the fifth inning], it wouldn't have happened." The Mets answered with two of their own in the second, getting a leadoff double from Wright, followed by doubles from Cliff Floyd and Valentin. Nearing third base on Valentin's double, Floyd rolled his left ankle and collapsed in pain. Endy Chavez replaced him and came home on Lastings Milledge's sacrifice fly. Floyd's injury was reported as a sprain, and he's listed as day-to-day. "I don't want to put a time on it," Floyd said, "but no DL." Looking down at his swollen hinge, he added, "It's big, but it doesn't hurt as much as it did earlier, so that's a plus." In the third inning, Beltran looked like a possible addition to the list of the wounded as he raced into the gap in right-center, sailed horizontally to spear a drive off the bat of J.D. Drew, then came down chest-first on the warning track. Ten minutes later, after assuring the Mets' trainer and Randolph he was OK, Beltran returned to his position.
Ted Brock is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.