Brandon Beachy

Dodgers beat Mets with Ian Thomas' strong start in a fill-in role

Dodgers beat Mets with Ian Thomas' strong start in a fill-in role

With a 6-foot-4 frame, a beard and a left-handed delivery, Ian Thomas is occasionally mistaken by fans for Clayton Kershaw.

"I guess it's the scruff and the hair a little bit," Thomas said. "But far away from what he's been doing."

For the Dodgers, he was close enough.

The Dodgers defeated the New York Mets, 7-2, as Thomas pitched five innings Friday night in place of Zack Greinke, who was on the paternity list after returning to Los Angeles for the birth of his first child, a boy.

Thomas limited the Mets to a run and three hits.

The Dodgers are now expecting Greinke to start for them Sunday in the series finale against the offensively...

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