Mets one win from League Championship Series
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Mets, stinging from a costly loss, mauled the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers 13-7 on Monday to move within one win of reaching the National League Championship Series.
The Citi Field crowd alternated between roars of delight for sluggers Curtis Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud and taunting chants for bench-riding Dodger Chase Utley as the Mets seized a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Division Series.
Utley, whose two-game suspension for a fierce slide into New York's Ruben Tejada that broke the Mets shortstop's right leg in Game Two awaits an appeal, did not get into the game.
Yet the crowd of 44,000 rocked with chants of "Utley Sucks" and "We Want Utley" as New York's lead grew in the first postseason game played at Citi Field, which replaced Shea Stadium as the Mets' home in 2009.
"We knew going in it was going to be loud, it was going to be a lot of energy," said Mets manager Terry Collins after his team's franchise record runs total for a playoff game.
"The response when our guys came on the field was unbelievable."
Granderson drove in five runs with a pair of booming doubles, while Cespedes and d'Arnaud both homered and each had three hits, three runs scored and three RBIs.
Matt Harvey, who yielded two earned runs in five innings, said the team needed to concentrate on winning rather than look for retaliation for Tejada's injury. Continued...