Thursday, July 4, 2013
Rapid Reaction: D-backs 5, Mets 4 (15)
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets’ Fourth of July festivities included two long balls to erase extra-inning deficits. It still ended up a dud.
Anthony Recker had a game-tying, two-out solo homer in the 13th against ex-Met Heath Bell, then Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a game-tying, one-out solo homer against Chaz Roe in the 14th.
But Cliff Pennington's RBI single against Scott Rice in the 15th went unanswered and lifted the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-4 win against the Mets at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon.
The game lasted 5 hours, 46 minutes.
Nieuwenhuis' long ball matched the latest game-tying homer in franchise history. He joined Ken Singleton and Todd Hundley with that distinction.
Ray Lankford and Eli Marrero of the 1998 St. Louis Cardinals were the last duo in the major league history to hit a pair of game-tying homers in extra innings, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The Mets had only two game-tying homers in the 13th inning or later in franchise history entering the game, so they doubled that total with Recker and Nieuwenhuis' shots.
They split the four-game series against Arizona and completed their homestand against the Nats and D-backs with a 3-4 record.
The game ended when Nieuwenhuis was retired with two in scoring position and the Mets bidding to erase an extra-inning deficit for the third straight inning.
For the second time in the series, the D-backs had taken a 13th-inning lead on an RBI by Cody Ross against David Aardsma. (On Monday, Ross delivered a go-ahead solo homer against Aardsma, but Andrew Brown answered with a walk-off two-run single in the bottom half.) The damage could have been worse in the top half of the 13th, but Marlon Byrd produced his team-leading sixth outfield assist, throwing out Eric Chavez attempting to score from second base to end the half-inning.
Brandon Lyon surrendered a two-out RBI single to Martin Prado in the 14th.
Gee sharp: Dillon Gee limited the D-backs to two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven innings. He departed with the score tied at 2-2 and received a no-decision.
Gee drove in the game-tying run with a two-out single in the fifth that plated Omar Quintanilla, who had doubled.
The lone runs surrendered by Gee scored a half-inning earlier in part because of an unusual play.
After Gee walked Ross to open the fifth, Gerardo Parra bunted toward the right side of the infield. The hard bunt scooted between Josh Satin and Daniel Murphy and into shallow right field. By the time Murphy recovered the baseball, Parra had reached second for a double. Wil Nieves followed with a two-run single as Arizona took a 2-1 lead.
The Mets had a chance to have Gee depart in position for a win, but Murphy struck out looking with two runners in scoring position against Ian Kennedy to end the seventh and the score remained tied at 2.
Gee has a 2.47 ERA over his past seven starts.
Ike who? Satin extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a sixth-inning single. He has reached base in 15 straight games.
What relief: LaTroy Hawkins tossed a scoreless eighth inning with three strikeouts. He has not allowed an earned run in his past 13 appearances (12 innings). Hawkins was making his 908th appearance, tying Eddie Guardado for 21st all time. ... Carlos Torres contributed three scoreless relief innings, from the 10th through 12th. He has allowed one run in 13 2/3 innings since a promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Outta here: John Buck was ejected for arguing from the dugout after he was rung up for swinging at a third strike as a pinch hitter in the 12th.
What’s next: The Mets hit the road until after the All-Star break, with stops in Milwaukee, San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Zack Wheeler (1-1, 5.06 ERA) makes his fourth major league start Friday at 8:10 p.m. ET, against the Brewers. He opposes Johnny Hellweg (0-1, 20.25) in the Brewers right-hander’s second career start and third major league appearance.