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Mets' Tejada breaks leg on controversial play, Dodgers win

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers rallied to beat the Mets 5-2 on Saturday night to even the best-of-five NL Division Series at one.

The victory was marred by an ugly seventh-inning play that cost New York its starting shortstop.

Ruben Tejada broke his leg on Chase Utley's takeout slide at second, which prevented a double play and helped keep Los Angeles' rally alive.

The Mets were leading 2-1 when the Dodgers put runners at the corners against Noah Syndergaard. Bartolo Colon relieved, and Howie Kendrick hit a grounder up the middle.

Second baseman Daniel Murphy flipped to Tejada, who took the throw awkwardly for an apparent force as Utley slid past the bag and slammed into him, causing Tejada to flip as the tying run scored.

Tejada was put on a flatbed vehicle after a brace was placed on his leg.

Utley was ruled safe at second on a video review, which determined Tejada's foot missed the bag. Utley also appeared not to touch the base, but MLB rules state that the Mets could not challenge whether Utley slid out of the baseline.

The Dodgers scored three more after the play. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run double, and Justin Turner doubled in Gonzalez.

Mets' Tejada breaks leg on controversial play, Dodgers win 10/10/15 [Last modified: Sunday, October 11, 2015 12:40am]
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