Showing posts with label Mets at Diamondbacks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets at Diamondbacks. Show all posts

Friday, August 09, 2013

Preview: Game 113 - Mets at D'Backs - Hefner vs Corbin

New York Mets (52-60) at Arizona Diamondbacks (58-55) 9:40 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Hefner (R) 22 4-8 4.235.13-33.938/3KCND6.0830-115.26.32
P. Corbin (L) 22 12-3 2.336.08-11.508/3@BOSL6.0831-220.02.25


Despite losing his last two starts, Arizona's Patrick Corbin has been stellar since the New York Mets handed him his first defeat just over five weeks ago.

Corbin tries to avenge that loss to the Mets when he takes the ball in Friday night's series opener in Arizona.

Corbin (12-3, 2.33 ERA) entered his start at Citi Field on July 2 trying to become the first left-handed starter in the majors to begin a season 10-0 since Ron Guidry opened 13-0 for the New York Yankees in 1978. He got off to strong start, allowing one runner over the first four innings but ended up permitting a season-high five runs and six hits in six-plus innings of a 9-1 defeat.

He has since returned to All-Star form, posting a 1.82 ERA with 40 strikeouts over 34 2/3 innings in his last five outings.

Corbin has been saddled with the loss in his last two starts, though he isn't entirely to blame.

He gave up a run in eight innings in a 1-0 setback to San Diego on July 28 and permitted three runs in six-plus innings in Saturday's 5-2 final at Boston. He has received one total run of support in those games, and has been backed by an average of 2.7 runs of support in his last 11 contests after receiving an average of 5.8 in his first 11.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 102 - Mets at D-Backs - Dickey Picks Up His 14th Win

Chase Field (Phoenix, Ariz.)

N.Y. Mets (49-53) «2000110105101
Arizona (51-51)000001000140

W: R. Dickey (14-2) L: J. Saunders (5-7)
HR: NYM - None   ARI - None

Stuck in a rut for the last month, R.A. Dickey recaptured his pre-All-Star break form and won his National League- leading 14th game.

The knuckleballer tossed seven innings of one-run ball and the New York Mets downed the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-1, in the finale of a four-game set.

Dickey (14-2) fanned eight, scattered four hits, walked three and surrendered an unearned run. He was 1-1 with a 6.49 earned run average in July coming into the contest and had allowed eight-or-more hits in each of his last four starts.

"I just kept telling myself to stay with it. It (knuckleball) was pretty good," said Dickey, who experienced bouts of nausea during the game. "I felt like I had a pretty good knuckleball the whole nine (innings)."

Scott Hairston knocked in a pair of runs for New York, which won for only the third time in its last 17 games.

Joe Saunders (5-7) was charged with four runs on eight hits and three walks in seven innings for Arizona, which has dropped three of its last five on the heels of a five-game winning streak.

"You tip your hat to Dickey, he pretty much baffled us all day," Saunders said.

The Mets jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening frame as David Wright ripped an RBI double off the base of the wall in right-center and Hairston blooped a run-scoring double down the right field line.

New York doubled its advantage after plating a run in the fifth and another in the sixth.

Wright led off the fifth with a walk, stole second and came home on Hairston's single to left, while David Murphy's two-out RBI double to left in the sixth made it 4-0.

Dickey, who gave up just a hit through the first five frames, ran into a bit of trouble in the home sixth.

Aaron Hill reached on an infield single with one out and advanced to second on Ruben Tejada's throwing error at shortstop. He scampered to third on a passed ball during Jason Kubel's at-bat, who struck out, and scored on Paul Goldschmidt's liner into center.

Miguel Montero then walked, which brought the tying run to the plate in Chris Young, but Dickey fanned him for the third time to keep it a 4-1 game.

The Mets got the run back in the seventh on Josh Thole's RBI double to left, increasing the margin to 5-1.

Game Notes

Wright's double was his 31st of the season...The Mets were 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base, while the D-backs finished 1-for-6 and stranded seven...Time of Game: 2:39.

Box Score:

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs D'Backs - Game 102

Today's Mets Starting Lineup - Mets at D'Backs - Game 102
  1. Ruben Tejada, ss
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Scott Hairston, rf
  5. Ike Davis, 1b
  6. Jason Bay, lf
  7. Andres Torres, cf
  8. Josh Thole, c
  9. R.A. Dickey, rhp

Preview: Game 102 - Mets at D'Backs - Dickey Looks for Win #14

New York Mets (48-53) at Arizona Diamondbacks (51-50) 4:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
R. Dickey (R) 20 13-2 2.976.07-13.097/24WSHL6.0841-114.15.65
J. Saunders (L) 16 5-6 3.516.04-44.667/24COLW7.0321-119.03.79

R.A. Dickey eyes his 14th win of the season this afternoon when the New York Mets conclude their four-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Dickey has nowhere near resembled the pitcher who was an All-Star in the first half of the season and enters tonight's tilt on the heels of another poor showing against the Washington Nationals. Dickey gave up five runs (4 earned) and eight hits in six innings of that one, dropping him to 13-2 to go along with a 2.97 ERA.

"It's tough when things are going on what seems to be a downward spiral," Dickey said. "In order to change it, we have to stand up and own what's ours to own. I could have pitched better. Two strikes, an 0-2 count with two outs in the sixth inning, and five straight hits. Four runs later, we're in a hole that we can't get out of. I've got to make a pitch. Somewhere during that sequence, I've got to make a pitch."

Dickey has now allowed 19 earned runs in 26 1/3 innings, for a 6.49 ERA in five July starts.

Despite his recent struggles the right-handed knuckleballer is tied for the National League lead in wins with St. Louis' Lance Lynn and Washington's Gio Gonzalez, who also pitches on Sunday. Tampa Bay's David Price is the only starter in the league with 14 victories.

Dickey beat the D'Backs earlier in the year and is 1-1 in two starts against them with a 2.40 ERA.

Arizona, meanwhile, will rely on lefty Joe Saunders, who is 5-6 with a 3.51 ERA. Saunders won for the first time in four starts on Tuesday against Colorado, as he allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. He also struck out nine in the win.

Recap: Game 101 - Mets at D-Backs - Ike Davis Homers 3 Times In Losing Effort

Chase Field (Phoenix, Ariz.)

N.Y. Mets (48-53)010101000390
Arizona (51-50) «12030000x680
W: I. Kennedy (9-8) L: C. Young (2-5)
S: J. Putz (19)
HR: NYM - I. Davis (18),I. Davis (19),I. Davis (20)   ARI - M. Montero (11)

Ian Kennedy hurled 6 1/3 effective innings on Saturday and the Arizona Diamondbacks topped the New York Mets, 6-3, in the middle installment of a three-game series at Chase Field.

Kennedy (9-8) allowed three runs and scattered seven hits to go with nine strikeouts and a walk to earn his third straight win. J.J. Putz made it interesting in the ninth, but nailed down his 19th save of the season against his former team.

"Obviously, Ike (Davis) is swinging the bat really well right now, but Ian pitched really well and got us the win," remarked Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson.

Miguel Montero clubbed a two-run home run, Gerardo Parra went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Aaron Hill and Ryan Wheeler contributed RBI for the Diamondbacks, who have won seven of their last nine.

Ike Davis accounted for all the Mets' runs with three solo long balls in the team's 14th loss in 16 tries. New York continued on its crash course with the NL East basement, having stumbled to a 2-13 record since the All-Star break.

"It's bitter sweet for sure," Davis said of his stellar game at the plate. "It's always good to feel good at the plate, but the ultimate goal is to win the game and we didn't, so take it as a positive moving forward but obviously you want to win."

Chris Young (2-5) was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four innings.

Arizona opened the scoring with a run in the first inning when Hill smoked a double to center, scoring Parra, but the Mets got the run right back in the second after Davis led off the frame with a towering shot to straightaway center for his second home run in as many nights.

The D-Backs took the lead with a pair of runs in the second. Montero got the inning started with a walk and came around to score on a double by Wheeler. Parra then singled in Wheeler to make it 3-1.

Davis struck again in the fourth when he got the best of Kennedy after an 11- pitch battle, launching a fastball over the wall in center, pulling the Mets within one.

The D-Backs extended their lead to 6-2 in the home portion of the fourth. Upton started the rally with a single up the middle and Montero brought him home with a shot over the wall in right for his 11th homer of the season. Parra knocked home Wheeler later in the inning, providing the snakes a four- run cushion.

Davis went deep again, leading off the sixth by crushing a hanging curveball for his third bomb of the night and pulling the Mets to within 6-3.

Facing David Hernandez in the eighth, the Mets got their first two men on base via a walk to Wright and a single by Davis. Hernandez battled back though, and induced Daniel Murphy into a 400-foot fly out to center before fanning Jason Bay and Kirk Nieuwenhuis to keep the lead intact.

Putz got Josh Thole to fly out for the first out of the ninth, but Andres Torres reached first on a dropped third strike and Ruben Tejada singled. Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston fanned and Wright came up as the potential tying run, but struck out on a nasty back-leg breaking ball to end the game.

Game Notes

The Mets are 5-17 in July after posting winning months in April (13-10), May (15-10) and June (15-13)...Davis is the 9th Met to hit three home runs in one game. The last player to account for all his team's runs with three solo shots was Steve Finley for the D-Backs on April 28, 2004 against the Chicago Cubs.

Box Score:

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Recap: Game 100 - Mets at D-Backs - Mets Back to Basics , Losing 11-5

Chase Field (Phoenix, Ariz.)

N.Y. Mets (48-52)023000000571
Arizona (50-50) «06011030x11130

W: J. Collmenter (3-2) L: J. Niese (7-5)
HR: NYM - I. Davis (17),D. Wright (16)   ARI - None

Willie Bloomquist smacked a run-scoring single as part of a six-run second inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks coasted to an 11-5 rout of the New York Mets in the second test of a four-game set at Chase Field.

Chris Young clubbed a two-run double for the Diamondbacks, who snapped a brief two-game skid. Aaron Hill, Paul Goldschmidt, Justin Upton and Henry Blanco added an RBI apiece in the victory.

Josh Collmenter (3-2) allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts over six innings to pick up the win. He also contributed offensively with an RBI single. Relievers Brad Ziegler and Craig Breslow finished off the rout for the D-Backs.

"It was a lot closer that the score indicates," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We kept adding on though. (David) Wright hit a bomb there, but Josh kept his composure because we needed innings tonight."

Wright smoked a three-run home run and Ike Davis clubbed a solo shot in the loss for the Mets, who have dropped 13 of their last 15 games.

Jon Niese (7-5) was tagged for eight runs -- six earned -- on nine hits and a walk over six innings. He fanned five batters.

"I think there are nights where he really struggles, he just can not make the pitch he needs to make," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Tonight he left some balls up and on the plate and they had some good swings."

The Mets opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the second inning. Davis led off the frame with a long shot to right for the first run, and Andres Torres singled home Daniel Murphy later in the frame.

The Diamondbacks exploded for six runs in the home half to take the lead.

Upton started the hit parade with a one-out single, followed by base hits from Young and Stephen Drew to load the bases. Upton trotted home on a walk by Blanco and Collmenter ripped a single to plate Young.

The turning point of the inning came when Bloomquist topped one up the third base line to Niese, who stumbled to the ball, spun and threw wildly to first. The ball sailed past Davis, kicked off the tarp and rolled into right field, allowing three runs to score. Hill capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to make it a 6-2 game.

Ruben Tejada started the Mets third with a single and Jordany Valdespin followed with a hit before Wright brought everyone home with a towering shot to left, cutting the deficit to 6-5.

Drew started the Arizona fourth with a single and came around to score on a single by Bloomquist later in the inning to extend the lead to 7-5.

Jason Kubel ripped a double to left leading off the D-Backs fifth and scored on a single up the middle by Goldschmidt, widening the margin to 8-5.

Arizona put the game away with three runs in the seventh. Hill and Goldschmidt singled off Mets pitcher Elvin Ramirez around a Kubel strikeout to put two runners on base with two outs. Upton dropped a single in front of Torres in center to score Hill, and Young followed with his towering double into the left field corner to cap the scoring.

Game Notes

The Diamondbacks have scored six or more runs in an inning four times this season...Wright's home run snapped an 0-for-15 slump...Arizona has won seven of their last eight home games against the Mets...Young has hit safely in seven of his last eight games...The D-Backs went 7-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left just two on base, while the Mets went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded five.

Box Score:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Preview: Game 100 - Mets at D-Backs - Niese tries to keep it going

New York Mets (48-51) at Arizona Diamondbacks (49-50) 9:40 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Niese (L) 19 7-4 3.595.23-23.107/22LADND7.0830-121.04.71
J. Collmenter (R) 8 2-2 3.825.22-24.607/22HOUW6.0722-015.01.80

Matt Harvey provided the New York Mets with the lift they sorely needed on Thursday. Now Jon Niese will attempt to give the badly slumping club its first winning streak in nearly a month when he takes the mound for tonight's second test of a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks from Chase Field.

A string of four consecutive victories from June 27-30 had the Mets squarely in contention in the National League playoff race, but the team fell well off the pace after it dropped 15 of its first 19 games in July. New York had lost six in a row and 12 of its last 13 contests entering Thursday's opener of this set, but returned to the win column last night thanks to a dazzling debut by Harvey.

The highly touted pitching prospect fanned 11 Diamondbacks over 5 1/3 shutout innings in his first big league start, setting a new Mets record for strikeouts in an initial outing and leading New York to a 3-1 triumph.

Harvey's 11 K's were also the most by a pitcher in an MLB debut since Washington's Stephen Strasburg racked up 14 strikeouts in his much-anticipated first start against Pittsburgh on June 8, 2010. The 23-year-old, New York's first-round pick in the 2010 Draft, also impressed at the plate, collecting a double and a single in his first two at-bats.

He had tremendous composure," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Harvey. "The velocity through the first four innings, you could tell he was pretty juiced up. He's lived up to exactly what everybody's talked about."

Onetime Diamondback Scott Hairston gave Harvey some early support with a two- run double off Arizona All-Star Wade Miley in the first inning, while Andres Torres tripled in the fourth and came home on Rob Johnson's sacrifice fly for a 3-0 advantage.

Arizona finally got on the board with a run off Mets reliever Jon Rauch in the bottom of the eighth and put two men on against Bobby Parnell in the ninth, but the New York closer struck out Jason Kubel with the tying run aboard to end the contest.

"We needed to hang in there, which we did," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had our opportunities, which we weren't able to capitalize on."

Happy Recap: Game 99 - Mets at D-Backs - Mets Win, Harvey Gets First Win

Chase Field (Phoenix, Ariz.)

N.Y. Mets (48-51) «2001000003100
Arizona (49-50)000000010140

W: M. Harvey (1-0) L: W. Miley (11-6)
S: B. Parnell (3)
HR: NYM - None   ARI - None

Matt Harvey looked sharp on the mound and at the plate in his first major league game.

The 23-year-old right-hander set a Mets franchise-record for most strikeouts in a big league debut with 11, helping New York to a 3-1 win over Arizona in the opener of a four-game series.

Harvey (1-0), who allowed just three hits and walked three in 5 1/3 shutout innings, also had a double and single in his first two at-bats.

Scott Hairston stroked a two-run double in the first inning, part of a three- hit night for the right fielder. Rob Johnson added a sacrifice fly for the Mets, who started an 11-game road trip by snapping a six-game skid. It was their second win in 14 contests.

It was a long journey to the majors for the Connecticut native, who was drafted out of high school in the third round by the Angels in 2007 but did not sign. He re-entered the draft as a junior at North Carolina and was selected seventh overall by the Mets in 2010.

So far this season, Harvey has compiled a 7-5 mark with a 3.68 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 20 starts for Triple-A Buffalo this year. His catcher in his big league debut was Johnson, who was recalled from Buffalo to play in his first game with the parent club since May 30.

The two worked perfectly with Harvey fooling a number of hitters, including Paul Goldschmidt, who struck out three times. Goldschmidt was handcuffed on a rising 91 mph fastball in the bottom of the sixth.

Harvey then walked Justin Upton and left the field after 106 pitches to a standing ovation from his family. His strikeouts were the most in an MLB debut since June 8, 2010 when Washington's Stephen Strasburg fanned 14 against Pittsburgh.

"He had tremendous composure. The velocity through the first four innings, you could tell he was pretty juiced up," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's lived up to exactly what everybody's talked about."

He was also crafty with the bat. Harvey doubled over the head of center fielder Gerardo Parra in the second and bounced a single up the middle in the fourth.

Wade Miley (11-6) gave up nine hits and three runs over 5 1/3 frames for Arizona, which had just four hits and lost its second in a row following a five-game winning streak.

Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy singled before Hairston cranked a one-out double over the head of Upton in right field to give the Mets a 2-0 lead in the opening inning.

Arizona put two runners in scoring position in the third. Goldschmidt came up with two outs and ran the count full, but was called out after Harvey painted the outside corner.

"He had good life on his fastball and spotted the ball well," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Harvey. "We needed to hang in there, which we did. We had our opportunities, which we weren't able to capitalize on."

Andres Torres tripled in the fourth and scored on Johnson's sacrifice fly to right-center. Parra's strong throw to the plate was a tad late.

Josh Edgin entered to relieve Harvey in the sixth with two men on base, but he retired the next two hitters to escape trouble.

Upton's sac fly to right plated Jason Kubel in the eighth. With Goldschmidt on second, Tim Byrdak was summoned from the bullpen and hit Miguel Montero with a pitch before fanning pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay to cap the inning.

Bobby Parnell walked a pair of batters in the ninth, but had three strikeouts, including freezing Kubel to end the game. Parnell recorded his third save of the year.

Game Notes

Harvey became the first player in modern baseball history (since 1900) to strike out 10 or more and get two hits in his MLB debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau...Prior to Thursday, the Mets had allowed at least four runs in each of their last 13 games, the second-longest such streak in franchise history...Arizona, which left 11 men on base, had won its previous six home games against the Mets.

Box Score:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Recap : Game 120 - Mets at Diamondbacks - Mets lose 5th straight

Final Score: Arizona 5, New York 3

Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI as the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 5-3 victory.

Justin Upton added a home run and Henry Blanco went 2-for-3 with two RBI as the Diamondbacks won their sixth straight overall.

Arizona survived the loss of Jason Marquis, who suffered a fractured right fibula in the fourth inning. Zach Duke (3-4) worked 2 2/3 innings in relief of Marquis, allowing two runs on four hits to earn the win.

David Hernandez tossed a perfect ninth to record his 11th save of the season.

Chris Capuano (9-11) allowed four runs on nine hits over six innings to suffer the loss. He struck out six and did not issue a walk.

Today's Mets Starting Lineup - Mets at Diamondbacks - Game 120

Mets Starting Lineup vs Arizona - Game 120:
  1. Pagan-CF
  2. Turner-2B
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-1B
  5. Bay-LF
  6. Thole-C
  7. Pridie-RF
  8. Tejada-SS
  9. Capuano-LHP

Preview : Game 120 - Mets at Diamondbacks - Mets look to break 4 game skid

New York Mets (58-61) at Arizona Diamondbacks (67-53), 4:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Chris Capuano (9-10, 4.51) Arizona - Jason Marquis (8-6, 4.48)

The Diamondbacks acquired Jason Marquis before the trade deadline to help boost their rotation, but the move has yet to pay off with a victory for the righty.

Marquis can prove his worth this afternoon by pitching Arizona to its second three-game sweep of the New York Mets at Chase Field in as many seasons.

Marquis has been hammered for 11 earned runs over eight innings in his two starts since getting traded from the Nationals, going 0-1 to give him a loss in four of his past five decisions overall.

Arizona overcame the right-hander's struggles on Tuesday, when he allowed seven runs -- four earned -- on nine hits, two homers and a pair of walks over four innings versus the Astros. The D-Backs were able to rally for an 11-9 win to take Marquis off the hook.

"Obviously things didn't turn out the way I wanted it to," the 32-year-old said. "But the team battled, got a big win, picked me up. I just have to do a better job of putting hitters away when I control the count."

Marquis is 8-6 with a 4.48 earned run average in 22 total starts this year, including one on April 10 versus New York. He allowed three runs over six innings and is 6-7 with a 4.64 ERA lifetime in this series.

Recap : Game 119 - Mets at Diamondbacks - Mets lose 4th straight

Final Score: Arizona 6, New York 4

Ryan Roberts hit a three-run homer and scored twice to back eight solid innings from Daniel Hudson, as the Arizona Diamondbacks took down the New York Mets, 6-4, in the second test of a three- game series.

Hudson (12-8) gave up four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits to pick up the win. He also had an RBI single in the sixth for the Diamondbacks, who have won five in a row and sit two games ahead of the Giants in the NL West.

"I was just trying to make quality pitches and get the team off the field as quick as possible," Hudson said.

Ruben Tejada drove in two runs for the Mets, who have dropped four straight.

New York starter Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits over four-plus innings before leaving with an injury. Gerardo Parra's sharp line drive in the fifth inning hit off Pelfrey's right elbow. X-rays taken on his elbow during the game were negative.

"The elbow feels good," Pelfrey said. "I thought I had good stuff tonight for the first time in six or seven starts. It sucks that you've got to end it like that."

D.J. Carrasco (1-3) was charged with two runs on one hit in one inning of relief to suffer the loss.

The D-Backs scored a pair of runs in the first inning. Roberts hit a one-out double to left and crossed the plate on Justin Upton's base hit to center. Upton stole second, moved to third on catcher Ronny Paulino's throwing error and scored on Miguel Montero's sacrifice fly.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup Game 119 - Mets at Diamondbacks

Baxter back in RF
Mets Saturday Starting Lineup vs Diamondbacks - Game 119
  1. Pagan-CF
  2. Harris-2B
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-1B
  5. Bay-LF
  6. Paulino-C
  7. Baxter-RF
  8. Tejada-SS
  9. Pelfrey-RHP

Preview : Game 119 - Mets at Diamondbacks

Haven't we seen enough of this?
New York Mets (58-60) at Arizona Diamondbacks (66-53), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Mike Pelfrey (6-9, 4.53) Arizona - Daniel Hudson (11-8, 3.83)

It took a while, but New York starter Mike Pelfrey finally found the win column against Arizona back on April 22. He'll aim to make it two in a row this evening in the middle portion of a three-game set between the Mets and Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Pelfrey had lost his first five career decisions to the Diamondbacks before pitching seven innings of one-run ball back in April. That lowered his career earned run average in this series to 5.82 in eight starts.

Pelfrey is 1-0 over his past four starts overall after enduring a 1-5 stretch from June 24-July 17, but the righty posted his second straight no-decision on Monday. Facing the Padres, he allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings of his team's 9-8 win, lasting longer than six frames for just the second time in nine starts.

The 27-year-old is 6-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 24 starts, already matching his loss total from a season ago, and owns a 5.35 ERA in 14 road games in 2011.

He'll try to get the Mets even in this series after the Diamondbacks edged by with a 4-3 win last night. Justin Upton hit a solo homer and Ian Kennedy gave up a run over seven innings to run his career-high winning streak to seven straight starts.

"It helps, especially by the second inning you're up 4-0 and you know you can just be aggressive," Kennedy said about getting an early lead. "It makes it more challenging because you know you have that lead and can just go after guys."

Recap : Game 118 - Mets at Diamondbacks - Ransom's 2B the difference

Final Score: Diamondbacks 4, Mets 3

Ian Kennedy tossed seven strong innings and Cody Ransom had a two-run double as the Arizona Diamondbacks edged the New York Mets, 4-3, to open a three-game series.

Kennedy (15-3) extended his career-best winning streak to seven games by allowing one run on six hits and three walks.

Justin Upton had a solo home run in the win, which extended Arizona's lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West to two games.

J.J. Putz allowed a run in the ninth, but held on to record his 28th save of the year.

Dillon Gee (10-4) allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in five innings to take the loss.

"I made a couple of mistakes early in the game that really cost me, but really I felt pretty good," said Gee. "Especially the last four innings I was feeling pretty good and hopefully this is something I can take into my next start."

Jason Bay had three hits, an RBI and a run scored in the Mets' third straight defeat.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup Game 118 - Mets at Diamondbacks

Mets Friday Starting Lineup vs Diamondbacks - Games 118
  1. Pagan-CF
  2. Harris-2B
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-1B
  5. Bay-LF
  6. Thole-C
  7. Pridie-RF
  8. Tejada-SS
  9. Gee-RHP

Preview : Game 118 - Mets at Diamondbacks

New York Mets (58-59) at Arizona Diamondbacks (65-53), 9:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Dillon Gee (10-3, 3.93) Arizona - Ian Kennedy (14-3, 3.20)

Arizona's victory on Thursday was the kind of win that first-place teams are often able to pull out.

After holding on to an edge atop the National League West last night, Ian Kennedy will try to pad the advantage tonight with his seventh straight victory as the Diamondbacks begin a three-game series with the New York Mets at Chase Field.

Arizona carried a half-game lead over idle San Francisco for first place in the division into Thursday's finale with Houston, but seemed destined to fall back into a tie for the top spot before some late-inning heroics.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning to force extra innings before Chris Young belted a walk-off three-run homer in the 10th for an 8-5 victory. It was only Arizona's second victory in 50 games when trailing after eight innings as it won the final three contests of the four- game set with Houston.

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