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Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Mariners 2

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SEATTLE -- Forget about a no-hitter. Bartolo Colon flirted with perfection Wednesday.

Colon retired the first 20 batters he faced, until Robinson Cano delivered a two-out line-drive single into left field in the seventh. The Mets ultimately held on for a 3-2 rubber-game win against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Jenrry Mejia recorded the save despite allowing two baserunners in the ninth.

It marked the longest perfection bid by a Met since Matt Harvey also retired the first 20 batters on May 7, 2013 against the Chicago White Sox.

The ex-Yankee Cano had been a quiet 1-for-10 in the series before the opposite-field single.

Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY SportsBartolo Colon retired the first 20 batters he faced on Wednesday.
Colon ran out of gas in the eighth. With the Mets leading 3-0, Colon issued a leadoff walk to Corey Hart and one-out single to Dustin Ackley. Brad Miller then nearly delivered a game-tying three-run homer. Instead, the ball struck the top of the right-center wall for an RBI double that pulled the Mariners to within 3-1.

With two in scoring position and one out, Terry Collins inserted Jeurys Familia, and he got Willie Bloomquist to bounce into a run-scoring groundout (after a replay review reversed the on-field call). Familia then struck out ex-Met Endy Chavez to strand the potential tying run at third base.

Colon’s final line in a 101-pitch effort: 7 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

The Mets are now 3-3 through stops in San Diego and Seattle on their second-half-opening trip. They moved back within eight games of first-place Washington, which lost against Colorado.

The 41-year-old Colon was bidding to become the second-oldest pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter and the oldest to throw a perfect game. Nolan Ryan had two at an older age, at 43 and 44 with the Texas Rangers. Neither was a perfect game. Randy Johnson had a perfect game at age 40 and is the oldest ever with such a distinction.

The last perfect game in the majors came on Aug. 15, 2012 by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez against Tampa Bay.

Of course, Johan Santana tossed the only no-hitter in Mets history. It came on June 1, 2012 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Mets have made Colon available in trade talks, although there did not seem to be much in the way of scouts at Safeco Field who came to evaluate him Wednesday.

The Mets gave Colon a run to work with before he took the mound on Daniel Murphy's RBI double against Taijuan Walker in the first inning. After the Mets loaded the bases against Walker in the sixth with none out, reliever Dominic Leone entered and limited the Mets to a sacrifice fly by Juan Lagares, which staked the Amazin’s to a 2-0 lead. David Wright added an RBI single the following inning.

Beaned: Ruben Tejada took a 94 mph fastball from Walker directly to the front of the helmet in the fifth inning. Tejada went straight to the ground, but ultimately walked off under his own power. Eric Campbell replaced him.

If Tejada lands on the concussion disabled list, the Mets could summon Wilmer Flores, who is playing nearby with Triple-A Las Vegas in Tacoma, Washington.

The Mets do not have a bona fide backup shortstop on the major league roster. Campbell’s action Wednesday marked only his second major league game and fourth professional game at shortstop.

What’s next: The Mets travel to NL Central-leading Milwaukee for a four-game series. Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92 ERA) opposes right-hander Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04) in Thursday’s 8:10 p.m. series opener.

Series preview: Mets at Mariners

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Getty ImagesThe Mets are expected to face Roenis Elias, Erasmo Ramirez and Hisashi Iwakuma in Seattle.
METS (46-52, third place/NL East) vs. SEATTLE MARINERS (52-46, third place/AL West)

Monday: LHP Jonathon Niese (5-4, 2.96) vs. LHP Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54), 10:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18) vs. RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58), 10:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4, 2.95), 3:40 p.m. ET

Mariners short hops

• Ex-Yankee Robinson Cano, who has battled hamstring issues throughout the season, asked for Sunday’s series finale off against the Los Angeles Angels because of continued tightness. He had played 28 innings over the previous two days. Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million deal in December. Of course, agent Jay Z first dined with Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon. Cano’s .335 average ranks second in the American League, trailing Houston’s Jose Altuve by a point. Cano, 31, also has seven homers and 57 RBIs and a .394 on-base percentage in 404 plate appearances. Willie Bloomquist started Sunday in place of Cano at second base.

• After facing Odrisamer Despaigne on Sunday in San Diego, the Mets will see a second straight Cuban rookie in the series opener in Seattle. Roenis Elias, 25, is 7-8 with a 4.54 ERA in 19 starts. Elias reportedly defected four years ago aboard a raft after a middling, brief career in his native country. He spent 30 hours at sea before landing in Mexico.

• Closer Fernando Rodney, bidding for his 200th career save, failed to convert the five-out opportunity Sunday in a 6-5 walk-off loss to the Angels. Rodney still has an AL-leading 27 saves.


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• Although officially undeclared, Erasmo Ramirez is expected to return from Triple-A to start Tuesday against the Mets while rookie Taijuan Walker gets more seasoning in the minors.

Logan Morrison and Justin Smoak have split the first-base duties of late, with neither putting up acceptable numbers. Smoak (.210) had spent more than three weeks on the DL with a left quadriceps strain, then was optioned to Triple-A on July 4 when deemed healthy. He returned when right fielder Michael Saunders landed on the DL a week later. Morrison, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins in December, is hitting only .222 with five homers in 144 at-bats.

• The Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays reportedly are in discussions regarding David Price and Ben Zobrist.

• Seattle’s coaching staff has a distinct Mets accent. Hitting coach Howard Johnson formerly held that role with the Mets and was a central piece of the 1986 championship club. Pitching coach Rick Waits formerly was minor-league pitching coordinator for the Mets. Rich Donnelly managed the Brooklyn Cyclones the past three seasons. He was hired by the Mariners to manage Triple-A and ascended to the major league staff when John Stearns, another ex-Met, had to step down as third-base coach because of a slow recovery from hernia surgery. Mariners infield coach Chris Woodward played for the Mets in 2005 and ’06. Even Seattle bullpen catcher Jason Phillips is an ex-Met, having played for the club from 2001 through ’04.

The connections don’t stop there. Endy Chavez is a backup outfielder.

• Ex-Met John Buck, who was backing up Mike Zunino, was released during the All-Star break. He was hitting .226 with one homer and six RBIs in 84 at-bats.

• The Mets will miss facing Felix Hernandez during the series. He possesses an AL-best 2.02 ERA. They also will miss ex-Mets right-hander Chris Young, who pitched Sunday. Young is 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 20 appearances (19 starts).

• Shortstop Nick Franklin, who became expendable in a trade once the Mariners signed Cano and committed to using Brad Miller at shortstop, has struggled after a torrid start at Triple-A this season. The 23-year-old Franklin was 6-for-47 at the major league level during cameos in April and May with the club. He currently is back in the Pacific Coast League. Miller, meanwhile, is hitting only .204.

Rapid Reaction: Diamondbacks 11, Mets 5

July, 28, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: Jon Niese matched a career high by surrendering eight runs and the excitement generated by Matt Harvey’s major league debut the previous night evaporated in the Arizona desert.

Despite homers by David Wright and Ike Davis, the Mets lost to the Diamondbacks, 11-5, Friday night at Chase Field. They returned to a season-worst four games under .500 and lost for the 12th time in 14 games since the All-Star break.

The bulk of the damage against Niese came in a six-run second inning as Arizona overcame a 2-0 deficit. Niese allowed six straight batters to reach. He walked ex-Met Henry Blanco with the bases loaded to force in the Diamondbacks’ first run, then surrendered an RBI single to opposing pitcher Josh Collmenter. Niese’s ensuing throw to first base on Willie Bloomquist’s squibber up the third-base line with the bases loaded ended up in foul territory down the right-field line as three more runs scored.

The six-run frame only ended when Jason Bay slammed into the wall in foul territory down the third-base line while catching Jason Kubel’s fly ball. Bay already this season has landed on the DL with a fractured rib and concussion for separate aggressive catch attempts. He remained in this game. (At the plate, Bay went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.)

Niese’s final line: 6 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

Elvin Ramirez, a logical demotion candidate when Frank Francisco is expected to be activated from the disabled list for the next series in San Francisco, allowed three seventh-inning runs.

WRIGHT STUFF: Wright answered a half-inning after Arizona's six-run frame with a three-run homer against Collmenter to pull the Mets within 6-5. Wright’s long ball, the 199th of his career, snapped an 0-for-15 drought.

Wright has 16 homers this season, one shy of Davis’ team-leading total. Davis, playing in his native Phoenix, opened the scoring in a two-run second with a solo homer.

WHAT’S NEXT: Three more days until Harvey starts Tuesday opposite Tim Lincecum in San Francisco.

On Saturday, Chris Young (2-4, 3.91 ERA) opposes Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy (8-8, 4.20). First pitch: 8:10 p.m. ET.

Series preview: Mets at Diamondbacks

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Justin Upton may be shipped out of Arizona, although during the offseason appears far more likely.
METS (47-51, third place/NL East) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (49-49, third place/NL West)

Thursday: RHP Matt Harvey (7-5, 3.68 at Triple-A Buffalo) vs. LHP Wade Miley (11-5, 3.02), 9:40 p.m. ET

Friday: LHP Jon Niese (7-4, 3.59) vs. RHP Josh Collmenter (2-2, 3.82), 9:40 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Chris Young (2-4, 3.91) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (8-8, 4.20), 8:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP R.A. Dickey (13-2, 2.97) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (5-6, 3.51), 4:10 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks short hops

• Arizona traded fan-favorite Ryan Roberts to the Rays on Tuesday for minor league infielder Tyler Bortnick. Roberts was a primary culprit for the Diamondbacks’ underwhelming offensive production from third base. Arizona’s .625 OPS from players manning that position this season ranks 15th in the NL, ahead of only Philadelphia (.598). Geoff Blum, who was 4-for-28 this season, was released last week.

The left side of the infield now should be shared by Willie Bloomquist, Stephen Drew, John McDonald and newly promoted Ryan Wheeler. Wheeler hit .351 with 15 homers and 90 RBIs in 362 at-bats in Triple-A, although Reno’s numbers are inflated by the high altitude. The Astros, who bunt a lot anyway, tested the offensive-minded Wheeler’s fielding at third base during the weekend. McDonald just returned from a strained oblique.

The departure of Roberts lessens the likelihood of an in-season trade involving the shortstop Drew, who made his season debut June 27 after recovering from a broken right ankle. Still, Drew (.209, 0 HR in 67 at-bats) is likely in his final season with Arizona. There is a $10 million mutual option for next season.


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Left-hander Wade Miley became an NL All-Star as a rookie.


• Left-hander Wade Miley, an NL All-Star, owns the franchise rookie record for wins with 11. He is tied with Yu Darvish for the major league lead in wins among rookies. Miley’s 3.02 ERA narrowly is second among rookies to Oakland’s Jarrod Parker (3.00). Miley, 25, made the Opening Day roster because of a spring-training injury to Takashi Saito. He excelled as a long reliever in the middle innings after Josh Collmenter was knocked out early from starts. Miley stepped into the rotation April 23 once Daniel Hudson landed on the DL. Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery July 9.

• The 42-year-old Saito made his season debut Saturday after dealing with calf and shoulder injuries as well as a severe case of the flu.

• Left fielder Jason Kubel homered Wednesday for the 11th time in July. That is the third-highest total for a month in franchise history, trailing Luis Gonzalez’s 13 in April 2001 and Gonzalez’s 12 two months later. The ex-Twin Kubel signed a two-year, $16 million deal in December that had garnered some criticism because it pushed 2011 Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra to being a fourth outfielder. But Kubel is now hitting .298 with 22 homers for the season, more than justifying the signing.

• Two-time All-Star Justin Upton appears destined to be traded, although most likely not until the offseason. The 24-year-old right fielder is signed through 2015, at salaries of $9.75 million, $14.25 million and $14.5 million the next three years. GM Kevin Towers apparently does not see Upton as a centerpiece player to build around, so Upton could be a chip to address deficiencies on the left side of the infield. The Diamondbacks have plenty of outfield depth, including prospects A.J. Pollock and Adam Eaton at Triple-A Reno.

• Collmenter reentered the rotation Sunday against Houston. Struggling Trevor Bauer was demoted.

• Right-handed reliever Brad Bergesen made his Diamondbacks debut Sunday with a scoreless inning against the Astros, two days after being claimed off waivers from Baltimore. Bergesen had been 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 22 games (10 starts) for Triple-A Norfolk this season.

Last series results

Mets won, 2-1, at Citi Field, May 4-6 (AP game recaps)

Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4: Justin Upton started an eighth-inning rally when his grounder got past Mets first baseman Ike Davis for an error. Tim Byrdak relieved Bobby Parnell and walked Jason Kubel. A strikeout later, Mets manager Terry Collins brought in Jon Rauch (3-1) and Paul Goldschmidt laced a two-run double. Cody Ransom followed with an RBI single. Ransom hit a long homer -- his third -- off starter Dillon Gee in the second inning to give NL rookie of the month for April Wade Miley a 2-0 lead. But the Mets scored four times in the third -- more earned runs then Miley had given up in five appearance total this season (three) coming in. Miley gave up four runs in six innings. More

Mets 4, Diamondbacks 3: Mike Nickeas and Andres Torres each hit a two-run single as Johan Santana earned his first victory since Sept. 2, 2010, before his shoulder injury wiped out last season. Santana (1-2) allowed nine hits but gave up only three runs, striking out five and walking one in his longest outing since the surgery. Daniel Murphy went 4-for-4 for the second four-hit game of his career. More

Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1: Three outs from his third career shutout, R. A. Dickey walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth inning and gave up an RBI double. Dickey nonetheless combined with two relievers on a four-hitter. More

Series preview: Mets vs. Diamondbacks

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The Mets face three starters for the first time this weekend: (l to r) Wade Miley, Patrick Corbin and Trevor Cahill.
METS (13-12, third place/NL East) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (13-13, second place/NL West)

Friday: RHP Dillon Gee (2-2, 4.85) vs. LHP Wade Miley (3-0, 1.29), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Johan Santana (0-2, 2.25) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (1-1, 4.76), 4:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP R.A. Dickey (3-1, 4.45) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.13), 1:05 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks short hops

• Left-hander Wade Miley topped the Mets’ Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the NL Rookie of the Month honor for April, which was announced Wednesday. Miley, 25, limited opponents to a .133 average with seven walks and 15 strikeouts in 21 innings spanning five appearances (two starts). He became the third Diamondbacks player to be recognized since the monthly award’s inception in 2001, joining Gerardo Parra (May 2009) and Daniel Hudson (August 2010). Miley originally pitched in relief of shaky Josh Collmenter’s starts, logging as much as four innings an appearance. The southpaw entered the rotation when Hudson landed on the DL with a shoulder impingement. Hudson is due to throw a bullpen session for the first time early next week at Chase Field.

• Center fielder Chris Young has been on the DL since April 18 with a right shoulder injury. An MRI revealed a small tear of the ligament in the AC joint as well as a severe bruise. He has started swinging in a cage. GM Kevin Towers reportedly watched Vladimir Guerrero work out in the Dominican Republic on Monday, but there is no firm resolve to sign the veteran with Young’s absence not expected to be prolonged. Righty-hitting rookie A.J. Pollock (.120) and lefty-hitting Parra (.256) have been sharing center-field duty in Young’s absence. Pollock is a native of Hebron, Conn. He attended Notre Dame, where he was the Irish’s first MVP in consecutive seasons since Aaron Heilman in 2000 and ’01.


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Ex-Met J.J. Putz blew his second save of the season Wednesday, at D.C.


• Shortstop Stephen Drew began game action Monday in a minor league intrasquad game as he works back from surgery to repair a right ankle fracture he suffered last July 20 sliding on a play at the plate. John McDonald and Willie Bloomquist have shared the shortstop role minus Drew. Collectively, they have committed only two errors. McDonald’s homer on April 17 against the Pittsburgh Pirates was his first since last May 11 against the Boston Red Sox. He had been acquired with Aaron Hill from the Toronto Blue Jays last Aug. 23 for Kelly Johnson.

• Left fielder Jason Kubel signed a two-year, $16 million contract as a free agent on Dec. 12 that includes a team option for 2014. Thursday’s 0-for-4 night at Washington interrupted a streak in which the ex-Twin had hit safely in 13 of 14 games (.393, 22-for-56). Kubel leads major league outfielders in assists with six. During his Twins tenure, he had split time nearly evenly between the outfield and DH.

• Third baseman Ryan Roberts’ struggles at the plate and in field have opened the door for Cody Ransom to chip away at his playing time at the hot corner. Despite singling in three at-bats Thursday, Roberts is in a 3-for-34 rut and is hitting .167 this season. Ransom has started seven of the Diamondbacks’ past 11 games at third base.

• Syracuse-area native Patrick Corbin makes his second major league start Saturday. He won his major league debut, 9-5, at Miami on April 30, allowing three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Corbin was selected for the call-up over top-rated prospects Tyler Skaggs (No. 3 Baseball America) and Trevor Bauer (No. 1). Corbin supplanted the ineffective Collmenter (0-2, 9.82 ERA in four starts) in the rotation. Collmenter has moved to the bullpen, but has yet to appear in that role. Corbin had been 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA at Double-A Mobile before the promotion. He was acquired with left-hander Joe Saunders and Skaggs from the Los Angeles Angels in the July 25, 2010 trade for right-hander Dan Haren.

• Right-hander Trevor Cahill arrived from Oakland during the offseason along with left-hander Craig Breslow and cash for right-handers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook and outfielder Collin Cowgill.

• Hill has reached base safely in 20 straight games. His 74 homers trail only Dan Uggla and Robinson Cano for the most long balls by a second baseman since 2009.

• Ex-Met J.J. Putz had a 28-game save streak snapped April 14 at Colorado. He blew his second save chance of the season Wednesday at Washington. Putz surrendered a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to Ian Desmond.

• Catcher Miguel Montero has thrown out seven of 14 would-be base stealers. He is backed up behind the plate by ex-Met Henry Blanco.

Matchups

Gee vs. Diamondbacks (career: 1-1, 4.91 ERA)
Paul Goldschmidt 1.000, 1 PA
Cody Ransom .500, 2 RBI, 2 PA
Justin Upton .400, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 6 PA
Miguel Montero .200, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 5 PA
Gerardo Parra .200, 1 RBI, 1 K, 5 PA
Lyle Overbay .167, 6 PA
Ryan Roberts .167, 1 RBI, 6 PA

Santana vs. Diamondbacks (career: 2-0, 0.62 ERA)
Miguel Montero .333, 1 K, 3 PA
Jason Kubel .333, 1 RBI, 3 PA
Justin Upton .250, 2 BB, 3 K, 6 PA
Willie Bloomquist .214, 1 RBI, 1 K, 14 PA
Henry Blanco .125, 1 BB, 3 K, 9 PA
Aaron Hill .111, 1 RBI, 1 K, 9 PA
Lyle Overbay .091, 2 BB, 8 K, 13 PA
John McDonald .077, 1 BB, 2 K, 14 PA

Dickey vs. Diamondbacks (career: 0-1, 3.86 ERA)
John McDonald 1.000, 2 PA
Jason Kubel .600, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 PA
Willie Bloomquist .571, 2 RBI, 7 PA
Gerardo Parra .500, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 PA
Aaron Hill .500, 1 RBI, 2 PA
Justin Upton .250, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 4 PA
Lyle Overbay .071, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 16 PA
Henry Blanco .000, 1 K, 2 PA
Cody Ransom .000, 1 K, 2 PA

Miley vs. Mets (career: never faced)

Corbin vs. Mets (career: never faced)

Cahill vs. Mets (career: never faced)
Andres Torres .222, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 10 PA

Last series results

Arizona won, 3-0, at Chase Field, Aug. 12-14, 2011 (AP game recaps)

Diamondbacks 4, Mets 3: Ian Kennedy won his seventh straight start to become the National League's second 15-game winner. Kennedy (15-3) allowed a run on six hits in seven innings to tie Philadelphia's Roy Halladay for the most wins in the NL. Justin Upton homered, Cody Ransom doubled in two runs and Kennedy helped himself with an RBI double as Arizona pulled two games ahead of second-place San Francisco. Jason Bay went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI single in the Mets' third straight loss and ninth in 12 games. Arizona first baseman/outfielder Xavier Nady's left hand was broken when he was hit by a pitch from Dillon Gee in the second inning.

Diamondbacks 6, Mets 4: Ryan Roberts hit a three-run homer and the Diamondbacks came from behind to win for the 33rd time this season. Daniel Hudson (12-8) allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits in eight innings. Hudson also had a run-scoring single, his 13th RBI of the year. J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth for his 29th save in 33 attempts. Mike Pelfrey was hit by a line drive off the bat of Gerardo Parra leading off the fifth inning and had to leave the game with a bruised right elbow. His team led 4-2 at the time. Reliever D.J. Carrasco (1-3) came on to hit Willie Bloomquist, then Roberts followed with his 16th home run of the season on the first pitch he saw.

Diamondbacks 5, Mets 3: Justin Upton homered, Paul Goldschmidt doubled twice and Arizona earned its sixth consecutive win. Diamondbacks starter Jason Marquis, acquired in a July 30 trade from Washington, was hit on the right shin by a line drive in the third and left the game one inning later with a broken shinbone. Goldschmidt doubled and scored on Henry Blanco's double to give Arizona a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning. Zach Duke (3-4), who came on in relief of Marquis, allowed two runs and four hits over 2 2/3 innings and David Hernandez pitched the ninth for his 11th save. Chris Capuano (9-11) allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings.

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Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 81
RD. Murphy 74
OPSL. Duda .817
WB. Colon 13
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173