Finley's 398-foot shot in ninth gives D-Backs win

PHOENIX (AP) -- Steve Finley hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night.

Finley pulled a 2-2 pitch from John Franco an estimated 398 feet into the right-field seats, sending the Diamondbacks to their fifth win in seven games.

Rod Barajas drove in Arizona's first run with a sacrifice fly in
the third, and Stephen Randolph (6-0) allowed one hit in two
innings for the victory.

Joe McEwing's RBI single in the fourth tied it for the Mets, who
had won two in a row. Franco (0-3) allowed one run and two hits in
one inning.

Elmer Dessens, who hadn't started since beating Los Angeles 1-0
on July 26, worked 6 1-3 innings for Arizona, allowing seven hits
and one run. His shot at back-to-back wins ended when he walked
Jeff Duncan to start the seventh.

After a sacrifice bunt by McEwing and Cliff Floyd came in as a
pinch-hitter, Dessens was yanked for left-handed specialist Mike

Mets manager Art Howe responded by replacing Floyd at the plate
with Raul Gonzalez, who was intentionally walked.

Oscar Villarreal then came in and got Roger Cedeno to ground
into a double play to end the threat.

Mets starter Jae Weong Seo allowed four hits and one run in six
innings, but extended his winless streak to nine starts since
beating Florida 5-0 as part of a team one-hitter on June 17.

Third baseman Ty Wigginton, a defensive replacement in the
sixth, may have saved the game for the Mets in the eighth, when he
fielded Craig Counsell's bunt and threw to second to force Matt
Kata, who had a leadoff single.

Counsell reached third on Luis Gonzalez's sharp single into
right center, but Shea Hillenbrand completed an 0-for-4 night by
hitting into an inning-ending double play.

Arizona's Alex Cintron led off the third with a triple and
scored on Barajas' fly to center field.

Three of four batters -- Tony Clark, Timo Perez and Duncan -- hit
weak singles to load the bases before McEwing's two-out single to
short left field tied it in the fourth. Clark scored, but Luis
Gonzalez nailed Perez at the plate.

Game notes
Mets 3B Jay Bell, who scored the winning run for Arizona in
Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, got a big ovation when he stepped
to the plate in the second inning, but there was less clapping when
he singled. ... Arizona 3B Craig Counsell had an MRI on his sore
neck Saturday morning and returned to the lineup, reassured there
were no complications from neck surgery 11 months ago. ... Mets SS
Jose Reyes, a rookie, extended his hitting streak to a season-high
10 games with a first-inning single. ... Clark left in the sixth
after he bruised his shoulder when he was hit by a liner off Luis
Gonzalez's bat.