Mets 6, Diamondbacks 4
Kirk Gibson sure wishes it only took two outs to escape an
The Arizona manager sat in the visiting dugout at Citi Field on
Saturday, watching the New York Mets score all their runs with two
outs in a 6-4 defeat, the Diamondbacks’ third straight loss and
quite possibly the most frustrating of them all.
”Well, there’s three outs in an inning,” Gibson said dryly.
”You’ve got to be able to get them out. That’s just the way it
goes. We didn’t execute well enough to win the game.”
The Mets had a season-high 15 hits after rain delayed the start
1 hour, 21 minutes. The most important ones came when the
Diamondbacks were one out away from getting off the field,
including a go-ahead RBI single by Daniel Murphy in the sixth
inning and another by him in the eighth.
”Losing is frustrating, and losing and not executing when you
have the opportunities is frustrating,” Gibson said. ”We’ll
regroup. We have a game tomorrow and we’ll come after them.”
Jason Bay homered and drove in three runs, and Ike Davis went
deep for the third consecutive game, as New York won its third
straight following losses in 12 of its previous 14 games.
Young right-hander Dillon Gee (2-0) went six innings and allowed
two earned runs, an RBI triple by Stephen Drew and a solo homer by
Miguel Montero that tied the game in the sixth.
Murphy put the Mets back ahead in the bottom half of the inning,
and their bullpen held on.
Rookie reliever Pedro Beato ran his scoreless innings streak to
11 with a clean seventh, and Jason Isringhausen worked around a
single in the eighth, before Francisco Rodriguez put runners on the
corners with one out in the ninth. He rebounded to strike out
Xavier Nady and Chris Young, wrapping up his fourth save in his
typical, adventuresome fashion.
”Well, Frankie Rodriguez is a good closer,” Gibson said. ”He
struck out Nady on a good changeup and (Young) out on breaking
Barry Enright (0-2) got hammered again for Arizona, allowing
five runs and 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings. He’s allowed at least four
runs in all four of his starts this season.
”I made some good pitches in certain situations, but not every
pitch was where it should be,” said Enright, who hasn’t won since
Sept. 1, 2010, a span of eight starts.
The Diamondbacks gave him an early lead when Drew ripped a
triple down the first-base line to score Justin Upton in the first
inning. But the Mets answered in the bottom half, when Jose Reyes
walked and David Wright singled ahead of Bay, who lined a two-out
single up the middle.
Bay added to the lead in the third when he homered into the
bullpens in right-center field, his first long ball since June 28,
2010. Davis followed with his own mammoth shot to right, this one
landing about halfway up the porch that overhangs the outfield
”I’m still feeling like I’m getting up to speed,” said Bay,
who has four hits since coming off the disabled list Thursday.
”I’m feeling pretty good, though.”
The Diamondbacks drew within a run in the fourth, when Drew
worked a one-out walk and Montero hit a grounder to Murphy at
second base that he let dribble into the outfield for an error.
Ryan Roberts and Gerardo Parra followed with run-scoring singles to
make it 4-3.
Montero tied the game in the sixth with a homer to right field
that landed on the pedestrian walkway above the bullpens, well over
400 feet from home plate.
Murphy put the Mets back ahead in the bottom half, and their
bullpen kept them there.
”You’ve got to give the other guys a little credit every now
and then,” said Young, who was 0 for 5 for Arizona. ”They were
able to come up with big hits in big situations.”
NOTES: Gibson originally had 3B Melvin Mora in the starting
lineup. He decided to start Roberts instead during the rain delay.
He made a nifty grab of a foul pop by Carlos Beltran while hanging
over the dugout railing in the first inning. … Mets CF Jason
Pridie had his first career hit, a single in the second inning. He
wound up stranded on third.