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Dodgers rally in ninth and 10th to end five-game skid in opener of doubleheader vs. Mets

Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times on

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NEW YORK — An immovable object met an unstoppable force at Citi Field on Tuesday afternoon.

The Dodgers’ slumping offense. And the New York Mets’ balky late-game bullpen.

This time, the Dodgers offense triumphed. Barely.

After entering the ninth inning down a run — and on the verge of a sixth consecutive loss — in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field, the Dodgers instead pushed the game to extra innings before completing a 5-2 comeback win with three runs in the 10th.

It was the kind of timely outburst that had eluded the Dodgers in recent weeks, when their struggling lineup had led to five straight losses and nine out of 16 overall.

And all it took, apparently, was a meeting with the Mets’ unreliable cast of late-game relievers, who blew their 10th save in 22 opportunities this season.

 

When push came to shove, it was the Dodgers who prevailed.

For the first seven innings of Tuesday’s opening game — which had been postponed from Monday night because of rain — it looked like the Mets were destined to win in a matchup between reeling clubs.

A two-run home run by Francisco Lindor in the third inning was the only early scoring.

And while Tyler Glasnow was solid in a seven-inning start for the Dodgers, giving up no other runs while striking out eighth, Mets starter Tylor Megill was even better, blanking the Dodgers’ scuffling bats in a seven-inning, three-hit, nine-strikeout gem.

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