Gonzalez, Puig lead Dodgers to 9-4 win over Mets

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NEW YORK (AP) - After 10 pitching changes and more than 4 hours of baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers did what they usually do against the New York Mets lately.

Win.

Adrian Gonzalez homered again in his second consecutive three-hit game and Yasiel Puig reached base five times to lead Los Angeles over the skidding Mets 9-4 Tuesday night.

Josh Beckett (2-1) helped himself with an RBI single in his second straight victory after 14 winless starts, but the fiery right-hander left frustrated after failing to get an out in the sixth inning.

“I was mad at myself,” Beckett said. “Last thing you want to do is kill your bullpen the first game of a series.”

Carl Crawford scored three times and stole two bases. Gonzalez connected for a two-run shot in a four-run fifth, when Los Angeles chased Rafael Montero (0-2) from his second major league start.

“Tonight was great,” Gonzalez said. “We took walks, putting pressure on and putting up runs. We tallied up a pretty easy win there at the end.”

Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe limped off with a right hamstring injury after his ninth-inning double. Puig, who had three hits and scored twice to extend his recent tear at the plate, delivered an RBI single during a three-run ninth.

Curtis Granderson (three hits) and Lucas Duda homered in the sixth for the Mets, who dropped to 5-13 in May with their fifth defeat in six games. Twice they loaded the bases with one out and came up empty in the opener of a nine-game homestand.

New York (20-24) fell a season-worst four games under .500 and lost for the 10th time in 11 meetings with the Dodgers dating to July 1, 2012.

The teams combined to use 12 pitchers in a yawner that took 4 hours, 8 minutes - a minute short of tying the Mets record for a nine-inning game.

“It seemed like we were on the field the majority of the game and that’s not good,” New York third baseman David Wright said.

Puig drew a leadoff walk in the fifth and Gonzalez hit his 11th homer into the Dodgers‘ bullpen in right-center. The streaking slugger has eight hits in his past 12 at-bats, including a home run in Sunday’s loss at Arizona.

“I’m just staying with it all season long. Not going to change a thing,” Gonzalez said.

Matt Kemp doubled and Crawford’s RBI single chased Montero, who arrived in the majors with a reputation for fine control. One of the team’s top pitching prospects, the 23-year-old right-hander has walked six and served up three home runs in 10 1-3 big league innings.

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