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Poor execution proves costly for Dodgers in 4-2 loss to Mets

Poor execution proves costly for Dodgers in 4-2 loss to Mets

The baseball rolled into Howie Kendrick's glove, and Scott Kazmir appeared on the verge of a tidy ending to his evening. Kazmir had allowed the New York Mets to score in each of the three innings he pitched on Monday until he found his footing. Kendrick reached into his glove for a simple throw to first base to record the last out of the sixth.

Then he dropped the ball.

The error by Kendrick extended Kazmir's outing and soured his exit in a 4-2 Dodgers defeat at Dodger Stadium. Kazmir promptly yielded a run-scoring double to Steven Matz, the opposing pitcher. He did not finish the sixth inning.

The run was not decisive — the...

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