Uribe, Capuano lead Dodgers to 8-5 win over Mets

Associated Press Modified: July 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm •  Published: July 21, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Juan Uribe pulled on his shirt, broke into a grin and said, "Hallelujah!"

Uribe snapped out of a long slump with a homer and four RBIs, Chris Capuano pitched seven solid innings against his former team and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the staggering New York Mets 8-5 on Saturday.

"It was really great to see him get a couple of big hits tonight, especially that big one in the ninth," Capuano said.

Uribe hit an early two-run double to end a 1-for-38 slide. He added a two-run homer in the ninth inning off 13-game winner R.A. Dickey, making his first relief appearance since April 2011 to help an overtaxed Mets bullpen.

Matt Treanor also stopped a slump with a run-scoring hit and the Dodgers won their third straight following a 1-7 skid. Matt Kemp had an RBI triple and Capuano (10-5) struck out nine for his first victory in seven career starts against the Mets.

"Pretty much the same Cap. He just kind of keeps going," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "That's pretty much what we've been getting every time out."

Los Angeles chased 41-year-old spot starter Miguel Batista (1-3) after three innings, getting into baseball's worst bullpen early for the second consecutive game. Both times, the Dodgers built a comfortable cushion and held on at the end.

Ronny Cedeno homered for the Mets (47-47), who have lost eight of nine to fall back to .500 for the first time since they were 13-13 after play on May 4. Before the game, they put struggling ace Johan Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle, a move also meant to recharge his surgically repaired left shoulder.

"My shoulder is fine. I don't have any problems with it," Santana said. "I feel fine. It's just that you've got to (have) time to recover."

Capuano went 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA for New York last season, proving he was healthy enough to warrant a $10 million, two-year contract from the Dodgers. He came in 0-5 with a 5.86 ERA against the Mets, but held them to three runs on eight hits and a walk.

"I just had a great experience here last year, and I love the ballpark," Capuano said. "I've really enjoyed coming back."

Pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy delivered an RBI triple in the eighth off Ronald Belisario and scored on a groundout by pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis to cut New York's deficit to 6-5.

James Loney singled with two outs in the ninth off Dickey, and Uribe drove a knuckleball to left for his second home run this season. He came off the disabled list June 11 after missing 28 games with a strained left wrist.

"Lucky today," Uribe said about his home run. "I feel good when I help my team win the game."

Dickey threw 111 pitches over 7 1-3 innings Thursday in Washington to improve to 13-1. Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday night he might use Dickey in relief late Saturday, his regular throw day between starts.

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