New York Mets defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-4

A few days ago, the Mets received a public shaming, not just for their inability to play fundamentally sound defense, but for looking like complete fools who took the field with oven mitts instead of gloves.

Their notorious and laughable mishaps were featured on "SportsCenter" in a special edition of "Not So Top 10" plays, with every slot featuring a Met blunder over the first half of the season.

Asked if he had seen the segment following Wednesday night's 5-4 win ov...

Oliver Perez somehow teetered on the tightrope long enough to last five innings in his first start in more than two months.

And then Francisco Rodriguez and the Mets nearly fell off of it together in the ninth.

But Perez's two-run outing - and a relative offensive explosion, including two hits by David Wright - were just enough for K-Rod and the Mets to hold on and halt a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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Manny Ramirez is back to being Manny. The Dodgers' controversial slugger played in his firstĀ second gameĀ in Flushing since serving his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. He went 1-for-5 with a ninth-inning home run that forced the Mets to hold on for a 5-4 win at Citi Field.

Ramirez was quick to ease the drama left over from the night before. Heading out to left field before the first inning, Ramirez stopped to chat with umpire crew ch...