Mets 5, Dodgers 4

Within minutes of me informing Aram Tolegian, who is covering the game for us today, that the Dodgers were about to take their first two-game lead in the NL West since May 19, the Dodgers blew the lead in the ninth, another example of how Jonathan Broxton might not be ready for the closer role. He had trouble throwing strikes throughout the ninth inning, especially after Carlos Delgado reached on that tough play in the first that James Loney perhaps should have made, although it was ruled a hit. The tying run scored on an error by Matt Kemp, who, as good a hitter as he already is, needs a little work in the outfield. The Mets scratched out a run in the 10th off D.J. Houlton. The Dodgers almost scratched one out in the bottom of the 10th off Billy Wagner, but they ended up leaving the tying run on third and the winning run on second when Nomar, who had homered earlier in the game, took a called third strike. By the way, Russell Martin is 3 for 23 since sitting out on Tuesday night. The boys fall to 55-44 and remain one game up on the Pods. Off to Houston in the morning (early). Talk to you when I get there.

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