NEW YORK (AP) – Gavin Lux and the Los Angeles Dodgers did Timmy Trumpet at least for now, beating the New York Mets 4-3 on Tuesday night in a game of the NL division leaders.
The Mets lost with Trumpet, who is performing Edwin Diaz’s entrance song, “Narco,” at Citi Field and ready to erupt if he approaches it in the game. But Diaz didn’t come in, and Trumpet instead played a quieter version of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” on his horn in front of the Dodgers dugout during the seventh game.
Minutes after the Mets lost the first major league game the Australian-born Trumpet attended, he tweeted that he would return to the field Wednesday night, hoping for another chance to pitch.
Lux drove in three runs, including a tiebreaker in the seventh inning. The hit drove in Freddie Freeman and came right after Joely Rodriguez (0-4) intentionally walked pinch hitter Will Smith.
The Dodgers won despite stranding 12 runners, one short of their season high, and leaving the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh.
Heath Hembree (3-0), making his Dodgers debut, picked up the win by stranding a pair of runners in the sixth when he whiffed James McCann for the final out.
Jake Reed, Los Angeles’ fifth pitcher, picked up the save in the ninth when he allowed a leadoff single to Eduardo Escobar before getting Daniel Vogelbach to hit into a double play and retiring Brandon Nimmo on a comebacker.
It was the first big save for Reed, who was claimed off waivers by the Mets in mid-July and recalled by Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier Tuesday.
The Dodgers scored their first three runs on consecutive pitches in the third. Joey Gallo was walked by Taijuan Walker with the bases loaded, and Lux followed with a two-run single that drove in Mookie Betts — with his 100th hit of the season — and Max Muncie.
Mark Canha hit his 100th major league hit and Starling Marte also homered for the Mets. Marte helped drive a run in the first inning when he bunted and Nimmo scored from first on a two-base error by pitcher Andrew Heaney.
Francisco Lindor snapped an 0-for-20 streak with a fifth-inning single for the Mets.
Walker allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Heaney surrendered two earned runs in five innings.
THE RETURN OF THE GALLO
Gallo started at designated hitter, batted fifth and struck out twice in three plate appearances in his first game in New York since the Dodgers acquired him from the Yankees on Aug. 2.
Manager Dave Roberts said he felt Gallo — who hit .159 with 194 strikeouts and a .660 OPS in 421 at-bats with the Yankees the past two seasons — was more comfortable in Los Angeles. Gallo, who declined to speak to reporters Tuesday afternoon, entered the game hitting .205 but had three homers, seven RBIs and an .840 OPS in 44 at-bats.
“(From) talking to him, he’s a lot more relaxed and I think he’s playing really well for us,” Roberts said. “Every time at bat, I feel confident that he’s going to hit the ball hard somewhere. He has very good at-bats.”
Canha became the 974th player to hit at least 100 homers in the majors. The fans in left field gave him a standing ovation as Canha ran into his seat in the fifth. Kanha nodded and made a pair of appreciative gestures.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (lower back) felt good after a bullpen session Monday and will start Thursday’s series finale. It will be Kershaw’s first start since Aug. 4. … 3B Justin Turner and C Smith were out of the starting lineup after the Dodgers arrived in New York early Tuesday morning following Monday’s 10-inning win over the Marlins.
Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (left side) threw 55 pitches in a simulated game Monday and could return to the rotation this weekend.
Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (13-2, 2.69 ERA) is in the midst of a three-start winless streak despite posting a 2.45 ERA in that span.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.15 ERA) has struck out 46 and walked just two in 29 1/3 innings spanning his first five starts after missing 13 months with various injuries.
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