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Dodgers beat New York Mets, 6-2

Dodgers capitalize on Mets three errors in 6-2 win

KEY MOMENT: With the game tied, 1-1, Dan Haren botched an attempted squeeze play, which resulted in Justin Turner getting caught in a rundown between third base and home plate. But later in the at-bat, Haren singled to right field to drive in Erisbel Arruebarrena and move the Dodgers in front, 2-1.

AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers blew open the game in the seventh inning. With runners on the corners, Adrian Gonzalez hit a grounder at shortstop Wilmer Flores for what should have been the third out of the inning. But Flores made his second error of the game, allowing Dee Gordon a run that increased the Dodgers' lead to 3-1. Matt Kemp followed with a two-run double that extended the advantage to 5-1. Of the five runs Mets starter Jonathan Niese allowed over 6 2/3 innings, only two were earned. The Mets made three errors, including one in the eighth inning, when the Dodgers added their final run.

ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren won for the third time in four starts, as he limited the Mets to a run and three hits over seven innings. The only run Haren allowed came on a home run by the first batter he faced in the game, Curtis Granderson. Haren struck out six and walked none. Brandon League and J.P. Howell combined to pitch a scoreless eighth inning.

EXTRA BASES: Top prospect Corey Seager played only 80 games in the Class-A California League, but was named the league's most valuable player. A 20-year-old shortstop, Seager batted .352 with 18 home runs and 70 runs batted in before he was promoted to double-A Chattanooga. … The Dodgers planned to distribute 40,000 Matt Kemp figurines Sunday, but not all of them made it to Dodger Stadium. So the first 25,000 fans at the game will receive figurines, with the next 15,000 receiving vouchers that can be traded in for a doll from Sept. 1 to 28. This will mark the second time this season the Dodgers hand out vouchers for a giveaway.

MEDICAL REPORT: Right-hander Chris Perez, who is sidelined with bone spurs in his right ankle, pitched for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga as part of a minor league rehabilitation assignment. It didn't go well. Perez recorded only one out against the Stockton Ports, who scored five runs against him. Perez was charged with four hits and a walk Hanley Ramirez remains on track to be activated from the disabled list Sunday, Manager Don Mattingly said Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is sidelined because of a strained buttock muscle, threw off a mound for the second consecutive day.

UP NEXT: Zack Greinke (12-8, 2.75) will face Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.87) and the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m. On the air: SportsNet LA. Radio: 570, 1020.

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