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Series preview: Mets at Diamondbacks

August, 9, 2013

Associated Press, USA TODAY SportsThe Mets face (l to r) Patrick Corbin, Brandon McCarthy and Zeke Spruill this weekend at Chase Field.
METS (52-60, third place/NL East) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (58-55, second place/NL West)

Friday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.23) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (12-3, 2.33), 9:40 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Zack Wheeler (4-2, 3.73) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-5, 4.94), 8:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-6, 4.32) vs. RHP Zeke Spruill (0-1, 6.48), 4:10 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks short hops

• All-Star Patrick Corbin’s 12 wins are one off the NL lead, shared by St. Louis Cardinals teammates Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn as well as Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann. Corbin’s 2.33 ERA trails only Clayton Kershaw (1.91) and Matt Harvey (2.09). Corbin had been 9-0 until the Mets scored five runs in six innings and handed him a defeat at Citi Field on July 2. A victim of little run support, Corbin now has lost two straight starts, although he allowed only a combined four runs in 14 innings in those defeats.

• The Diamondbacks dealt underachieving right-hander Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline for situational left-hander Joe Thatcher, potential future closer Matt Stites and a draft pick. Arizona personnel have compared the right-handed Stites to Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. Kennedy, a 21-game winner two years ago, was 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts for Arizona this season.

Brad Mangin/Getty ImagesPaul Goldschmidt leads the National League in RBIs.

• Third baseman Martin Prado has five multi-hit games in his past seven games. He is hitting .388 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 18 games since the All-Star break. He reached base in all five of his plate appearances Wednesday. Prado, acquired from the Braves during the offseason in the Justin Upton trade, has made consecutive starts in left field before shifting to third base later in the games. That’s because manager Kirk Gibson is fiddling with his lineup with outfielders Jason Kubel (.226, 5 HR) and A.J. Pollock (.249, 6 HR) struggling.

• Sidearmer Brad Ziegler has taken over for ex-Mets J.J. Putz and Heath Bell in the closer’s role. Ziegler has converted all seven of his save chances and has not allowed an earned run in 12 straight appearances. Putz and Bell nonetheless have contributed 11 straight scoreless appearances apiece. Ziegler coaxed 21 double plays last season, which led major league relievers. Putz blew a save chance July 1 at Citi Field in his second game after a DL stint, after which Ziegler stepped into the role and excelled.

Paul Goldschmidt is tied with Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez for second in the NL with 26 homers, one shy of leader Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Goldschmidt has a league-leading 90 RBIs.

• Catcher Miguel Montero landed on the disabled list a week ago with a lower-back strain and required an epidural injection. Wil Nieves is handling the bulk of the catching duties in Montero’s absence, while Tuffy Gosewisch has been promoted as the backup.

• After making his major league debut in June as a reliever and appearing in four games, 23-year-old Zeke Spruill made his first major league start last Thursday at Texas. The rookie right-hander -- who also arrived in the Upton trade -- allowed five runs in four innings, including homers to A.J. Pierzynski, David Murphy and Mitch Moreland.

Trevor Cahill is nearing a return to the rotation, but remains on the DL with a right hip injury. Cahill allowed six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Reno on Tuesday, and it was determined he would make another minor league start before being activated, so Spruill remains in the rotation.

• Outfielder Cody Ross is hitting .412 (14-for-34) with three homers and 10 RBIs in his past nine games (eight starts). He is hitting .394 this season against left-handed pitching.

• Third baseman Eric Chavez (.305, 9 HR), who missed most of June with an oblique injury, is not playing every day, but has produced when in the lineup.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, D-backs 4 (13)

July, 2, 2013

NEW YORK -- Catcher Miguel Montero could not hold onto the ball. The Arizona Diamondbacks eventually could not hold on for the win, either.

Cody Ross opened the 13th inning with a homer against David Aardsma, but Andrew Brown’s two-run single in the bottom half lifted the Mets to a 5-4 walk-off win against the Diamondbacks.

The Mets had a bevy of chances.

They also had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, but Omar Quintanilla lined out to first base to end the threat.

The Mets had been 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position and had left 18 men on base before the 13th-inning heroics.

Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsShaun Marcum was spared his 10th loss with Monday's comeback win.

The eventful game came on the day the Mets have to make their annual $1,193,248.20 payment to Bobby Bonilla -- an obligation that runs through 2035.

With the Mets trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth, surging Josh Satin’s RBI single against ex-Met J.J. Putz evened the score at 3 ... oh so narrowly.

Marlon Byrd, attempting to score the tying run from second base after doubling, would have been nailed at the plate on Satin’s single to left field. But Montero dropped the perfect-hop throw from Jason Kubel, which would have been in plenty of time to retire Byrd.

Satin advanced to second on the miscue at the plate. John Buck then walked. But on a would-be wild pitch that seemed destined to advance Satin to third, Buck decided to take off, too. Montero threw him out at second base as the trail runner to send the game to extra innings tied at 3.

Satin continues to produce as the regular first baseman, which could further stall Ike Davis’ return, even as the Mets are all but clear of the bevy of lefty pitching they had faced. Satin went 3-for-6 with two doubles, a walk and game-tying RBI. He now has a career-high seven-game hitting streak and has reached base in 12 straight games.

Absolved: The Mets’ ninth-inning comeback spared Shaun Marcum from becoming the first Met to have 10 losses on July 1 since Jason Isringhausen in 1996, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Marcum remained at 1-9 with the no-decision.

Coming off his first Mets win, an outing in which he pitched eight scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox, Marcum surrendered a two-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning. He ultimately was charged with three runs in six innings.

Ouch: Diamondbacks right fielder Gerardo Parra had a painful end to his evening in the eighth. Parra did a face-plant into the warning track in right-center after Quintanilla’s shot bounced off his glove for a triple.

Eric Young Jr. followed with a two-out double against Arizona reliever David Hernandez to plate Quintanilla and pull the Mets within 3-2, although Daniel Murphy flied out to left field to strand Young at third base.

Buck’s shot? Buck finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and three walks (two intentional). After a torrid start to the season, Buck is hitting .170 (27-for-159) since May 5.

The Mets stranded five runners on base in the opening two innings alone. That futility came courtesy of a strikeout looking by Buck to leave the bases loaded in the first, then consecutive strikeouts by Young and Murphy with two in scoring position an inning later.

With runners on the corners and two outs in the seventh, Buck popped out in foul territory against ex-Met Heath Bell.

Still winless: Wade Miley was poised to become the first D-backs starting pitcher to earn a win since June 5, until the Mets’ ninth-inning comeback handed him a no-decision. Arizona starters are now 0-8 with 15 no-decisions in their past 23 games -- one game shy of matching the franchise record, which they established in 1998 with 24 straight starts without recording a win.

Miley tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings before departing with runners on the corners in the sixth, once Zach Lutz pinch hit for Marcum. When Kirk Gibson inserted right-handed reliever Brad Ziegler, Terry Collins countered by replacing Lutz with Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Nieuwenhuis struck out to strand two runners as Arizona maintained a 3-0 lead.

What’s next: Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.72) opposes unbeaten left-hander Patrick Corbin (9-0, 2.22) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday.



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HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
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OPSL. Duda .841
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ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
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