Derek Lowe, who won each of the Red Sox’ clinching games in the 2004 playoffs, couldn’t pick up another postseason win today as the Dodgers fell to the Mets in their NLDS opener.
Nomar Garciaparra got a big hit to tie the game earlier, but struck out to end it at Shea Stadium, where New York prevailed 6-5.
Lowe, the former Sox righthander, lasted just 5 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs on six hits, striking out six while walking four on the day.
The big blow against D-Lowe was a David Wright double to right field in the bottom of the sixth that knocked in J.D. Drew and Paul Lo Duca to make the score 4-1 in favor of the Mets.
Lowe also gave up solo home runs to Cliff Floyd and Carlos Delgado in the fourth inning.
The Dodgers had two runners cut down at home on one bizarre play in the second inning.
With two on and none out, rookie Russell Martin hit an opposite-field drive off the base of the right-field wall. But Jeff Kent hesitated at second base, apparently thinking the ball might be caught, and got an extremely late jump.
That left Drew, who was on first, practically running up Kent’s back as coach Rich Donnelly waved one — or both — around third. A quick, accurate relay from right fielder Shawn Green to second baseman Jose Valentin to catcher Paul Lo Duca nailed Kent, who attempted a headfirst dive into the plate.
Drew was left in no-man’s land, trapped about halfway between third and home. But Lo Duca, who got spun around on the play at the plate, didn’t realize that at first as he struggled to his feet.
With Lo Duca unaware for a moment, Drew tried to sneak his way in. But Mets pitcher John Maine pointed at Lo Duca, alerting him that another runner was coming. The catcher turned his head, suddenly noticed Drew bearing down on him and applied a second tag as Drew also tried a headfirst dive.
It was the kind of sequence you often see in a Hollywood movie, but rarely on a major league field — though Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk pulled off a similar double play for the Chicago White Sox in 1985 at Yankee Stadium when he tagged out New York’s Bobby Meacham and Dale Berra in succession.
Martin’s hit was scored a single, and he went to second on the throw.
Marlon Anderson followed with an RBI double down the third base line for a 1-0 lead, but that was all the Dodgers got after running themselves out of a potentially big inning.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.