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Dodgers fall to Mets, 7-3, completing series sweep

April 28, 2010 | 12:56 pm

Citi Field looked like a wreckage site on Wednesday, debris from the stands whirling around Matt Kemp as he stood in center field.

A miserable week for the Dodgers was about to come to an end with another resounding defeat, this one to the New York Mets by a 7-3 margin that sealed a three-game sweep and sent the them home with a 2-7 mark on their trip.

The Dodgers fell to 8-13 on the season and remained in last place in the National League West.

John Ely was thrust into this literal and figurative whirlwind to make his major-league debut, called up to replace opening day starter Vicente Padilla in the rotation.

A four-run second inning resulted in Ely earning a loss. A right-hander acquired in the deal that sent Juan Pierre to the Chicago White Sox over the winter, Ely was charged with five runs and six hits over six innings.

The Dodgers’ offense was held in check by John Maine, who limited them to three runs (two earned) and four hits in six innings. Maine struck out nine.

Russell Martin hit his second home run of the season, as he launched a two-run shot to left in the fifth inning.

The Dodgers open a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on Thursday.

-- Dylan Hernandez in New York

Photo: Mets right fielder Jeff Francoeur slides into second base under the tag of Dodgers shortstop Jamey Carroll. Credit: Alan Maglaque / US Presswire.