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LAD@LAA: Capuano hurls seven innings of one-run ball

The Mets come into a four-game series with the Dodgers, which starts Thursday at Dodger Stadium, all of a sudden on quite an offensive roll after routing the Cubs to the tune of 17-1 Wednesday.

The Dodgers? Well, not so much.

The Mets, who have slipped to third place in the National League East standings, were muddling along and had lost the first two games of the series with the Cubs until Wednesday's explosion.

The Dodgers were shut out for the third straight game by the Giants on Wednesday, losing 3-0, and fell into a tie for first place in the National League West with their Northern California rivals.

The Dodgers were swept in the Bay Area for the second time in as many weeks after losing three straight at Oakland June 19-21.

The Dodgers have lost four straight games, eight of their last 10 and 10 of their last 13 games.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is more concerned with how his team is playing than the fact that it no longer is alone in first place in the NL West.

"I'm more concerned about our club than the standings," Mattingly said Wednesday. "We just need to take care of our business and not be concerned with anybody else.

"When a team is going really good, you're not as good as people think you are. And when you're going really bad, you're not as bad as people think you are."

However they go about it, the Dodgers need to regain some of their swagger, Mattingly said.

"We've just lost a little bit of confidence and the game is based on confidence," he said.

Mets manager Terry Collins had thought, or at least hoped, he would see more days like Wednesday from his team.

"We haven't had a lot of days were we had multiple guys in the lineup come up big," Collins said. "We kind of thought going into Spring Training we would have more of those. Hopefully, it's something that continues."

Collins says his team's inconsistency of late doesn't bother him.

"If this was a team that had huge expectations, it could bother you," Collins said. "Because we weren't expected to be very good, you can let some of the stuff go, because you know you're dealing with young guys. They're learning on the job here."

Mets: Young gets the start
• Right-hander Chris Young will be Thursday's starting pitcher.

Young, who will be making his fifth start, is 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA and is coming off a solid performance in his last outing when he took the loss in 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Yankees Saturday.

He pitched six innings and gave up four hits and three earned runs.

• The Mets hit four home runs Wednesday, with second baseman Daniel Murphy hitting two of them.

• Four players -- Murphy, David Wright, Ike Davis and Scott Hairston -- drove in all 17 of the runs the Mets scored Wednesday.

Wright drove in five runs and Murphy, Davis and Hairston each drove in four.

In addition to Murphy's blasts, Davis and Hairston also homered.

Dodgers: Steady Capuano gets the call
• Left-hander Chris Capuano, who has been the Dodgers' most effective starter of late, will be Young's mound opponent. Capuano is 9-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 15 starts.

Capuano pitched seven innings and gave up seven hits and one run in beating the Angels, 3-1, in his last start Saturday.

Worth noting
• The Dodgers have not scored a run in 30 innings and things got more difficult Wednesday when Andre Ethier was removed from the game after the top of the first inning.

Eithier had walked and came up sore with a left oblique injury after being erased on an inning-ending double-play grounder by Juan Rivera.

It's unclear whether Eithier will be available for the Mets series. Comments