The Mets spotted the Dodgers an early 3-0 lead before coming back to give them the beating they so richly deserved for Saturday night, with a 13-7 thrashing. New York now holds a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series and can clinch a spot in the NLCS with a victory Tuesday night.
After giving up three runs in the top of the second, the Mets responded with a four-run frame in the bottom of the inning. It all started with Yoenis Cespedes, who beat out an infield single. Lucas Duda followed with a single and Travis d’Arnaud got his first hit of the series when he ripped an RBI single.
Curtis Granderson gave the Mets the lead with a bases-clearing double on a ball off the wall on a fly.
Cespedes and d’Arnaud did it again in the third inning, when the former singled and the latter cracked a two-run homer to left. Cespedes and d’Arnaud fueled the offense during the big August run and it’s wonderful to see them both heating up after entering Game 3 a combined 1-14. Cespedes added a second-deck homer in the fourth to make it a 10-3 game.
Matt Harvey did not have his best stuff and was lifted after five innings and 97 pitches. But he fanned seven in five innings so it wasn’t all bad.
Don Mattingly let everyone know he was still managing by calling for replay when down by seven runs and following that up by playing the infield in. Granderson foiled that strategy by blasting a two-run double.
The Mets established a franchise post-season record with 13 runs.