LOS ANGELES (AP) — The New York Mets played a sloppy game in the field and were just as dreadful at the plate.
After Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run, the Mets managed only two harmless singles in seven innings against Dan Haren during a 6-2 loss Friday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The lack of offense didn't make things any easier for Jonathon Niese, whose teammates tied a season-high with four errors.
"Those things are out of my control," Niese said. "Games like this are frustrating, but I think I can speak for everybody that it was the type of game where you just want to put it behind us and forget about it."
Niese (7-9) allowed five runs — two earned — eight hits, and three walks in 6 2-3 innings. The unearned runs were the result of a throwing error by shortstop Wilmer Flores on a routine grounder by Adrian Gonzalez.
"It's part of the game, A lot of us have had bad days, and we've all been there," Niese said. "I mean, I've made a ton of errors that have cost us games. So you can't point the finger at (Flores). If I struck out Gonzalez, then he wouldn't have had to make that play. So it's on my shoulders."
Flores also committed a fielding error on a grounder by Yasiel Puig in the fifth. The Mets made two more miscues in the eighth, one by third baseman David Wright on a hard grounder by pinch-hitter Andre Ethier, the other by first baseman Lucas Duda on a foul pop by Puig.
"We had a bad night tonight. It happens," manager Terry Collins said. "When you look up and you have as many errors as you've got hits, that's not a good feeling. We looked a little ragged, but that shouldn't affect us."
The Dodgers got their first two batters on in the third inning before Haren bunted into a double play started by Niese. But Dee Gordon slapped an opposite-field RBI single inside third to tie it at 1.
Haren came up again in the fifth with runners at the corners, and tried a suicide squeeze. Haren bunted through an 0-1 pitch, and Justin Turner was erased in a rundown at third. Haren then singled to drive in Erisbel Arruebarrena and give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.
"Man, I almost made four outs in two at-bats," Haren said. "I haven't done a squeeze in a long time — since probably spring training — and I just got a little antsy with it."
Gordon hit his major league-leading 11th triple with two outs in the seventh and scored on Flores' second error of the game. Carlos Torres relieved Niese, and Matt Kemp greeted him with a two-run double to make it 5-1.