Facing a critical game with Matt Harvey on the mound, the New York Mets offense came to play in their 13-7 drubbing of the Dodgers.

NLDS, Game 3 (Series Tied 1-1)
New York Mets 13 (2-1) vs Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (1-2)
Full Game Boxscore
Citi Field, Floushing, New York

By Robby Sabo

1authorrob3 - New York Mets Take Out The Paddle To The Dodgers In Game 3With all of New York watching, Matt Harvey struggled. He didn’t have his good stuff all night as finding the zone was an issue. The three runs he surrendered in the second inning gave us a quick indication of his rough night.

Still, The Dark Knight battled. He battled to the tune of 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 H, and 7 K over 97 pitches and just 5 IP. The most important aspect of his final line came in the win column. Harvey won his first ever MLB Postseason game.

The reason he won the game? Well, the New York Mets offense decided to explode to the tune of 13 runs.

It started in the bottom of the second.

While facing a three run deficit, catcher Travid d’Arnaud decided to break out of a slump by singling home Yoenis Cespedes. Then, with the bases loaded and after two outs, Curtis Granderson came up with his biggest hit as a Met. His three-run triple to the right field wall had Citi Field in a frenzied state.

New York exited the second with a 4-3 lead and never looked back after this second life.

d’Arnaud added a two-run shot in the third inning and finished 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. Yoenis Cespedes hit a moonshot of a home run in the fourth that drove three runs in.

After four innings of play the Mets held a commanding 10-4 lead. The issue was no longer in doubt.

Dodgers starter Brett Anderson could only muster three innings pitched on the night (6 ER). Don Mattingly’s offense couldn’t take advantage of a rusty Harvey and only added extra offense once the Mets bullpen came into play.

Of course it wouldn’t have been appropriate if Chase Utley wasn’t appropriately serenaded prior to the game:

And during the game:

Both teams will turn around and get ready for Game 4 on Tuesday night from Citi Field. The Mets are now just one win away from the 2015 NLCS. Before they can start dreaming about it though, they’ll most likely have to contend with Clayton Kershaw.

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