The Dodgers erased a two-run deficit in the ninth inning, only to be sent to a defeat by an old friend.
Juan Uribe redirected a 10th-inning cut fastball from Kenley Jansen and lofted it over the head of center fielder Joc Pederson, driving in the walk-off run for the New York Mets in a 3-2 victory Sunday at Citi Field.
The former Dodgers third baseman tossed his helmet as he led a pack of his new teammates off the field.
“At this moment, it’s like when you’re playing in the playoffs, the World Series, and you win,” Uribe said.
The Mets acquired Uribe in a multiplayer trade with the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
The Dodgers’ previous stop on this 10-game, three-city trip happened to be in Atlanta. Uribe, whom the Dodgers traded to the Braves two months ago, drove in a winning run in that series, too.
Blanked by hard-throwing Jacob deGrom over the first 7 2/3 innings, the Dodgers trailed the Mets, 2-0, heading into the ninth inning.
Consecutive doubles by Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner reduced the deficit to 2-1. Carl Crawford, who pinch-ran for Turner, scored on a single by Yasmani Grandal to tie the score and send the game into extra innings.
Yimi Garcia was recalled from triple-A Oklahoma City to reinforce the bullpen.
The rookie right-hander was optioned to the minors July 8. Garcia had made 40 appearances at the time.
Garcia pitched in four games for Oklahoma City and didn’t give up a run in the last three.
Rather than option Zach Lee to triple A, the Dodgers kept the rookie right-hander on the active roster.
“We need a fifth starter, don’t we?” Manager Don Mattingly said.
The Dodgers plan to use their fifth starter Sunday in a home game against the Angels. If they option Lee, he wouldn’t be eligible to be recalled for 10 days, meaning he wouldn’t be available.
Lee pitched 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut Saturday night. He gave up seven runs.
Reserve outfielder Scott Van Slyke entered the game Sunday as part of a ninth-inning double switch. Van Slyke was unavailable Saturday because of a neck injury he suffered riding a taxi. He crashed his head on the partition separating the front and back seats of the taxi when the driver suddenly braked, Mattingly said. … Utilityman Alex Guerrero, who couldn’t play the previous two games because of back problems, was also a ninth-inning defensive substitution.