Dodgers blanked by Mets in first game of doubleheader, 4-0
Like Chad Billingsley two days before him, Hiroki Kuroda was ready to pitch into the late innings.
But, like Billingsley, he was prevented from doing so by the futility of the Dodgers' offense.
With the Dodgers scoreless streak at 15 innings, Manager Joe Torre sent Garret Anderson to hit for Kuroda, who threw only 84 pitches and held the New York Mets to two runs over six innings.
The Dodgers’ scoreless streak stood at 18 innings by the end of a 4-0 defeat to the Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday, the first game of a doubleheader created by a rainout on Monday.
The Dodgers, who have scored only once in their last 24 innings, made Johan Santana work but couldn’t get him to break.
Santana threw 115 pitches in six innings. He walked three batters in the second inning, but Kuroda struck out to end the threat. Reed Johnson hit a one-out triple in the third inning, but Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp couldn’t drive him home.
The Mets went up, 1-0, in the second inning when Kuroda threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded, allowing David Wright to scamper home.
A solo home run by Jason Bay to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning was the only other run charged to Kuroda.
Recently recalled reliever Jon Link loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and was immediately pulled, and Ramon Troncoso gave up a two-run single to Luis Castillo.
For Troncoso, the appearance was his 13th in the 19 games played by the Dodgers. He is on pace to appear in 111 games this season.
-- Dylan Hernandez in New York
Photo: Dodgers left fielder Reed Johnson slides safely into third base ahead of the tag by the Mets' David Wright for a one-out triple in the third inning Monday. Credit: Christopher Pasatieri / McClatchy-Tribune