Friday, June 22, 2018
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Mets 6, Dodgers 5

NEW YORK — Curtis Granderson homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Mets a 6-5 victory over the Dodgers on Friday night.

Chase Utley, booed all night in his return to Citi Field, hit a tying three-run double off Jeurys Familia with two outs in a four-run ninth inning for the Dodgers.

New York took a 3-0 lead in the first on Julio Urias and chased the 19-year-old after 22/3 innings in his major-league debut.

But in a non-save situation, Familia failed to hold a 5-1 lead.

New York moved back into the NL East lead, by percentage points over Washington, giving Mets manager Terry Collins a happy 67th birthday.

Utley was greeted with loud booing and derisive chanting in his first game at Citi Field since breaking a leg of then-Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year's NL Division Series. He walked leading off the game and slid well ahead of second base when he was caught stealing.

Urias is the first teenage starting pitcher in the major leagues since Seattle's Felix Hernandez in 2005. The left-hander struggled with his control and trailed 3-0 in the first inning. He left after throwing 81 pitches to 17 batters, and allowed five hits and four walks while striking out three.

Wearing striking white glasses and making theatrical jumps over the third-base line, his debut drew comparisons to the early Dodgers days of fellow Mexican pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who joined Los Angeles in 1980 as a reliever and sparked "Fernandomania" when he joined the rotation.

"Naturally, that's the comp, but to compare anyone to Fernando and what he did … is unfair," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game.

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