It was supposed to be one of the Dodgers' great strengths this season. They had an impressive-looking group in the bullpen.
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They sure looked good, certainly should be good. Yet the bullpen has been one of the team's great early flaws. They started the week 4-11 with a 4.38 ERA (25th in the majors) and had walked more batters than every team but the White Sox.
On a Tuesday night in New York, when the Dodgers may have lost
Four different relievers held the Mets scoreless over the final four innings, protecting a two-run lead until the Dodgers added three insurance runs in the ninth.
Howell returned to start the seventh but, after he gave up a pair of one-out singles, was replaced by Withrow, who immediately hit
Wilson, back in familiar territory, pitched a scoreless eighth. And, although the Dodgers took away the save situation with their three runs in the top of the ninth, Jansen pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning, with a pair of strikeouts.
The game may not have been the sharply played affair the Dodgers keep searching for, but it still felt a long ways from their recent pair of sluggish efforts in Arizona.
Beckett actually singled in their first run in the second, but after the Mets tied it in the bottom of the inning on a Flores infield single, they appeared to break the game open with their four-run fifth.
After the two-run Gonzalez home run,
The Dodgers were still up 6-4 in the ninth when Crawford singled and Uribe doubled him to third. It may prove a costly double. Uribe, who missed five games earlier this month with what the Dodgers termed a mild hamstring strain, came up limping at the end of the double and was quickly replaced at second by