Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, April 23
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 24
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in 10
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Game 3: Thursday, April 25
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Dodgers 3

(10-11, 6-6 away)

Mets 2

(10-10, 7-5 home)

    Coverage:  SNNY

    1:10 PM ET, April 25, 2013

    Citi Field, New York, New York 

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    W: K. Jansen (1-0)

    L: S. Rice (1-1)

    S: B. League (6)

    Andre Ethier, Dodgers rally in ninth inning to beat Mets

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- From his very first pitch, Hyun-Jin Ryu heard the fans cheering for him.

    A lot of them, anyway.

    Boosted by plenty of road rooters, the South Korean rookie turned in his best performance yet and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Mets 3-2 Thursday on Andre Ethier's tiebreaking single in the ninth inning.

    "I was aware there are a lot of Korean Americans here in New York," Ryu said through a translator. "It was definitely encouragement."

    A large Korean neighborhood is just one subway stop away from Citi Field, and Ryu had a lot of vocal support while holding the Mets to three hits in seven innings. He said the warm welcome was "a big strength for my pitching."

    Also encouraging to the Dodgers was the key hit by the slumping Ethier off left-handed reliever Scott Rice.

    "Over the years, there's been a lot of talk about him not hitting lefties," manager Don Mattingly said.

    After Ryu and Mets starter Jeremy Hefner each left with no-decisions and the score 1-all, the Dodgers won a game decided by the bullpens.

    Nick Punto opened the ninth with a double off Scott Rice (1-1) and moved to third on a grounder to the right side by Adrian Gonzalez. After an intentional walk to Matt Kemp, Mets manager Terry Collins visited Rice on the mound.

    The left-handed Ethier put the Dodgers ahead with his hit, and Juan Uribe drove in another run with an infield single for a 3-1 lead.

    "Just hope to get `Dre turned in the right direction," Mattingly said.

    Ike Davis led off the Mets' ninth with a home run against Brandon League. But League, who gave up a ninth-inning lead Wednesday in a game the Dodgers lost in the 10th, closed for his sixth save.

    Kenley Jansen (1-0) escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the eighth.

    Ryu turned in his longest outing of the season. He struck out eight and walked three, bouncing back from a rough outing in Baltimore.

    "My biggest takeaway from that last game was the first pitches. Today, I was able to effectively put the count to my advantage."

    The 26-year-old lefty blanked the Mets on one single until the sixth. A leadoff walk to Ruben Tejada, a single by Daniel Murphy and a wild pitch on a breaking ball Ryu bounced set up David Wright's tying sacrifice fly.

    Ryu gave up a two-out double to Marlon Byrd before striking out Davis to keep the score tied at 1.

    Hefner began the day with a 7.07 ERA and pitched his best game of the season, too. He limited the Dodgers to three hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking three.

    "It's well noted that I was struggling, and to go out and throw seven innings when the bullpen needed it and give us a chance to win the series, that was all good things," Hefner said.

    The Mets put runners at first and second with no outs in the eighth against Jansen before he struck out Wright, retired Lucas Duda on a fly and fanned Byrd.

    "He kind of geared it up a notch," Mattingly said.

    The Dodgers scored in the first when leadoff man Carl Crawford was hit by a pitch and Kemp hit an RBI single.

    Game notes

    Kemp went 11 for 24 (.458) with his first homer of the season and five RBIs on the six-game road trip. ... Uribe drew three walks before his single. ... Collins said LHP Jonathan Niese would have a bullpen session during the day and start as scheduled Sunday vs. the Phillies. Niese was hit near the right ankle by a comebacker Tuesday. ... Dodgers RHP Shawn Tolleson was set for surgery Thursday to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. He's expected to be out three to five months.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumCiti Field, New York, NY
    Attendance24,851 (59.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:59
    Weather59 degrees, sunny
    Wind13 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner