Dodgers Rally in 12th to Sweep Fading Mets, 8-3

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    Pinch-hitter Matt Treanor had a two-run single in a five-run 12th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the fading New York Mets 8-3 on Sunday to finish a three-game sweep.

    The Dodgers blew a 3-1 lead after the sixth but still won their fourth straight after losing seven of eight and dropping out of first place in the NL West.

    An overworked Mets bullpen held the Dodgers to one hit for four innings until Los Angeles broke it open in the 12th with contributions from several late-inning replacements. New York has lost nine of 10 to fall under .500 (47-48) for the first time this season.

    Josh Wall (1-0) made his major league debut in the 11th, giving up a single to David Wright before he was caught trying to steal second base.

    James Loney led off the 12th off with a single against Ramon Ramirez (2-2). A defensive replacement in the eighth, Tony Gwynn Jr. bunted for a base hit, just beating the throw to first. New York manager Terry Collins argued to no avail.

    Mark Ellis popped up a bunt for the first out and Matt Kemp grounded into a fielder's choice that put runners on first and third. Andre Ethier, who drove in the Dodgers' third run, was intentionally walked to load the bases.

    With two strikes, Treanor lined a single to center that scored two runs. Luis Cruz followed with an RBI single and Adam Kennedy, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the 11th, hit a long drive to right that Lucas Duda misjudged, and it fell for a two-run double to chase Ramirez.

    The few fans remaining in the crowd of 31,184 mockingly cheered when Elvin Ramirez got the final out of the inning.

    Josh Lindblom, Los Angeles' sixth reliever, finished the Dodgers' first three-game sweep in New York since August 2002.

    Dodgers starter Nathan Eovaldi was pulled after 4 1-3 innings. He left leading 2-1, and Ethier's RBI single in the sixth made it 3-1.

    Shawn Tolleson gave up an RBI single to Daniel Murphy in the seventh and Javy Guerra allowed Ike Davis' run-scoring groundout with one out in the ninth that tied it.

    Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen had saved the first two games of the series and was not available.

    Guerra worked out of a jam in the 10th, making a nice play on a sacrifice attempt to throw out the lead runner at third for the first out. He then induced a 5-4-3 double play from leadoff batter Ruben Tejada.

    Jonathon Niese became the first Mets starter in this series to go more than three innings. He lasted seven-plus and gave up a two-run homer to Juan Rivera in the fourth inning.

    Eovaldi matched a career high with seven strikeouts but he threw 96 pitches and was removed with runners on first and third and one out in the fifth. Scott Elbert relieved and struck out Davis before Murphy flied out.

    Murphy finished 9 for 11 in the series.

    Elbert gave up a one-out single in the sixth and walked Niese with two outs before being replaced by Tolleson. Tejada hit a fly to left to end the threat. Elbert has given up just one run in his last 13 appearances.

    Davis and Murphy combined in the seventh for the Mets' second run. Davis led off with a double and Murphy had one of his four hits.

    Rivera hit a drive to left-center with one out in the fourth that would've been a homer by Citi Field's old dimensions.

    Josh Thole singled home a run in the bottom half to make it 2-1.

    NOTES: Treanor snapped an 0-for-23 skid Saturday. ... There was a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colo. ... The Mets designated RHP Miguel Batista for assignment. ... Dodgers RHP Chad Billingsley (elbow) will come off the disabled list and start Monday at St. Louis. Manager Don Mattingly said the team will be cautious but there will be no pitch limit because Billingsley really missed only one turn due to the All-Star break. ... Niese's at-bat in the third inning was the first plate appearance by a Mets starting pitcher in the series. He struck out. ... The Mets said "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will be at Citi Field on Monday.

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