The visitors’ clubhouse at Dodger Stadium was drenched in puddles of alcohol Thursday night. Already uncomfortably small, the room was uncomfortably dank after the New York Mets beat the Dodgers 3-2 in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.The irony of losing a do-or-die game is that the losing clubhouse always smells much, much better. The air was clear, and the silence inside the Dodgers’ clubhouse muffled none of the second guesses coming from the outside. There were many of those.There was also the undeniable truth that Daniel Murphy stuck it to one of the game’s best pitchers in the clinching game, just as he had done all series.Murphy’s solo home run in the sixth inning off Zack Greinke snapped a 2-2 tie and proved to be the hit that ended the Dodgers’ season. Murphy also stole third base in a bizarre yet critical sequence in the fourth inning, then tagged up and scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But, he added, “a lot of us made mistakes.”For the second straight year, the Dodgers boasted the highest payroll in baseball, only to see their season end with a first-round playoff loss. This time, injuries and a subpar bullpen proved no excuse. The Mets beat both of the Dodgers’ aces in the same series, a dagger to the heart of a team that won 92 games and a third straight National League West title.In their final act, the Dodgers went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.• HOFFARTH: TBS fails to ask Mattingly about Ethier screaming matchMets starter Jacob deGrom was just a bit better than Greinke. The right-hander allowed six hits, two runs, walked three and struck out seven in six innings.“I like pitching in big games,” said deGrom, his bushy hair dampened straight under a cap that read “WE WANT IT MORE.”A pitcher’s duel seemed like the least likely outcome early in the game. Curtis Granderson led off the game with a squib ground ball that eluded Greinke as he dove to his left. Third baseman Justin Turner (shifted to the right side of the infield) made an acrobatic play to throw Granderson out at first base, but the Mets challenged the call by first base umpire Chad Fairchild. Sixty-three seconds later, Granderson was declared safe.With one out, Murphy delivered his first left hook: A double to the left-center field gap that scored Granderson all the way from first base. Three batters into the game, Greinke and the Dodgers trailed 1-0.With one out in the bottom of the first inning, the Dodgers rattled off four straight singles against deGrom: Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner and Andre Ethier. Turner and Ethier each drove in a run, but deGrom came back to strike out Yasmani Grandal and Kiké Hernandez.New York manager Terry Collins ordered Noah Syndergaard to start warming up in the bottom of the second inning. Syndergaard, who started Game 2, had never pitched out of the bullpen in his brief major league career.But with runners on first and second and one out, deGrom struck out Seager and Gonzalez with a pair of wicked changeups.Murphy singled to lead off the fourth inning, went to second base when Lucas Duda walked, then stole third base when he noticed the left side of the infield was vacant — the Dodgers had shifted everyone to the right side with the left-handed Duda at the plate.The next batter, Travis d’Arnaud, lofted a fly ball that drifted toward the seats in right field. Andre Ethier tracked it down on the foul side of the white chalk. Murphy tagged up and scored easily, and the game was tied 2-2.“It’s probably all of our responsibility as far as guys on the field about kind of talking about that, making sure that we know,” Mattingly said.• WHICKER: Dodgers suffer a self-inflicted loss in NLDSTied 2-2 in the sixth inning, Greinke fell behind Murphy 2-0, then threw three straight changeups. Murphy fouled off the third to draw the count full. Greinke then served a 93-mph fastball over the middle of the plate and Murphy punished it — a no-doubt home run into the Mets’ bullpen.Greinke had four more outs in his right arm before he was removed with two outs in the seventh inning. The announced crowd of 54,602 stood to applaud what might have been Greinke’s final appearance in a Dodger uniform.Luis Avilan quickly retired Curtis Granderson on a fly ball to end the seventh inning, and Chris Hatcher pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. In the ninth, Kenley Jansen pitched around a two-out double by Juan Lagares.But the Mets’ bullpen was equal to the task. Syndergaard finally appeared to pitch a perfect seventh inning, and Jeurys Familia didn’t allow a baserunner in recording a six-out save.Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, who was caught on camera voicing his frustration at home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom, had calmed down by the end of the game. To Ethier, the feeling of losing the final game of the season was a familiar one.“It’s frustrating right now,” he said, “being in this situation talking about this.” Murphy finished the series 7 for 21 with three home runs — one against Greinke and two against Clayton Kershaw.“They had to beat Zack in the series and they had to beat Clayton in the series,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Daniel was a tough out all series.”There are no Most Valuable Player awards given for the division series, but Murphy made a strong case. He was the Mets’ best hitter, and he did not shy from the task of facing Kershaw and Greinke — both front-runners for the National League Cy Young Award — in four out of the five games.• PHOTOS: Mets eliminate Dodgers in Game 5Greinke said he didn’t make many mistakes in his final game of the season, possibly his last game as a Dodger. He allowed three runs, walked one batter and struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings. It was the first time all season he lost a game in which the Dodgers scored at least two runs.