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Dodgers 6, Mets 2

Suckiest suck that ever sucked: John Maine - 5.2ip, 9h, 6r, 3er, 1bb, 6k

Three of the runs Maine allowed were of the unearned variety, but he did allow two two-out hits after the error (Scott Schoeneweis did Maine no favors by allowing two inherited runners to score). Regardless, Maine threw 111 pitches without getting out of the sixth inning, a per-inning pitch count that is hardly the stuff of aces.

On Schoeneweis, the lefty "specialist" retired four batters while allowing exactly as many to reach base safely.

David Wright was thrown out stealing for the fourth time this year; each has gone in the boxscore as a "caught stealing", though none of the four has featured a throw from the catcher. Jose Reyes swiped his 71st bag of the season, extending his own team record and has been thrown out just four times in his last 36 attempts.

The Mets' offense managed little against David Wells and even less against the Dodgers' bullpen. Wells walked three batters and still managed to throw just 73 pitches in five innings of work. The Mets left all manner of runner on base, Moises Alou stranding five all by himself.

It's never fun to drop the last game of the series after taking the first two, but if the Mets can continue to win series (taking two-of-three) then the teams who are chasing them will have a difficult time closing the gap.

On to Philly for three four.