Gonzo's homer, 5 RBIs lead Dodgers over Mets 7-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 24, 2014 at 12:18 am •  Published: August 24, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez had the kind of game that has enabled him to drive in 100 or more runs six times in his big league career. And he's closing in on another one.

The slugging first baseman tied a season best with five RBIs, including a go-ahead, three-run homer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Mets 7-4 Saturday night.

"Adrian's a day-in, day-out kind of grinder that picks up one, picks up two — and obviously tonight picks up five," manager Don Mattingly said.

"He's one of those guys who good at driving in runs with a guy on third and putting the ball in play when he needs to. As far as consistency, I don't think we've had anybody quite like him," he said.

The Dodgers beat the Mets for the 13th time in 15 meetings and increased their NL West lead over San Francisco to 4 1/2 games.

Zack Greinke (13-8) allowed four runs — three earned — and nine hits in seven innings, throwing 105 pitches on seven days' rest. He struck out four after he was pushed back two days because of elbow discomfort.

"I'm sure it helped some," Greinke said. "I thought I pitched really well. I felt great again today. And so hopefully that's how it stays. It was just kind of a weird circumstance that gave me extra time this turn."

The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed two homers for the third time this season, a three-run shot by Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda's 24th of the year.

Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 37th save.

Jacob deGrom (6-6) gave up five runs and five hits over six innings and struck out seven after getting reinstated from the disabled list. The rookie right-hander, who was sidelined with rotator cuff tendinitis, threw 86 pitches and also had two hits in his first start since Aug. 7.

Gonzalez, who leads the Dodgers with 87 RBIs, gave them a 5-3 lead in the fifth with his 18th homer after Greinke singled and deGrom walked Carl Crawford with two outs. The Dodgers hit three homers against deGrom in a 4-3 road win on May 21, but he has yielded just two in 75 1-3 innings over his last 12 outings.

"I felt good. But a lot of outings come down to a few pitches, and I didn't make the big pitches when I needed to," deGrom said.

Lagares opened the scoring in the fourth with his third homer after Duda singled and Travis d'Arnaud reached on a fielding error by third baseman Miguel Rojas. Gonzalez got one of the runs back in the bottom half with an RBI single and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

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