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Saturday, August 10, 2013
Rapid Reaction: D-backs 5, Mets 4

By Adam Rubin



PHOENIX -- The Mets' charge toward second place had a hiccup Friday night in the opener of a four-city western swing.

The Arizona Diamondbacks produced a 5-4 walk-off win at Chase Field as Paul Goldschmidt produced a one-out homer against Scott Atchison in the ninth.

The Mets have 10 walk-off losses this season, second-most in the majors. Miami has 12.

Turner classic: Justin Turner drove in three runs, the final on a bases-loaded groundout against ex-Met Heath Bell in the eighth that pulled the Mets to within 4-3 (and ended Bell's streak of 11 straight scoreless appearances). With two then in scoring position and one out, Wilmer Flores followed with a game-tying groundout.

Turner drove in the Mets’ first two runs against Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, who ended up saddled with a no-decision. Starting at shortstop over Omar Quintanilla against the left-handed Corbin, drove in Josh Satin in the fourth as the Mets took a 1-0 lead. Turner then evened the score at two and plated Daniel Murphy in the sixth with a single.

Turner’s three RBIs were his most since producing four against the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 6, 2011. Flores had five RBIs in his first four major league games.

Jeremy’s song: Jeremy Hefner surrendered five doubles in a two-inning span, including a two-run double to Wil Nieves in the sixth as Arizona took a 4-2 lead.

Hefner’s final line: 5+ IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. He threw 93 pitches.

Three straight two-out doubles in the fifth against Hefner staked Arizona to a 2-1 lead. The barrage began with a two-bagger by the opposing pitcher Corbin. Adam Eaton and Martin Prado then followed with run-scoring doubles.

Base threats: Marlon Byrd and Juan Lagares both were thrown out on the bases.

Byrd was retired at the plate attempting a leadoff inside-the-park homer in the second inning. Byrd’s ball bounced awkwardly off the center-field wall and third-base coach Tim Teufel waved him home, but a 7-4-2 play retired Byrd at the plate.

The Mets have 26 inside-the-park homers in franchise history. The last two were legged out by Angel Pagan (May 19, 2010 at Washington and Aug. 23, 2009 versus Philadelphia).

Lagares made the final out in the top of the seventh, trying to stretch an extra-base hit into a triple.

What’s next: Zack Wheeler (4-2, 3.73 ERA) opposes right-hander Brandon McCarthy (2-5, 4.94) at 8:10 p.m. Saturday.