Following Friday night’s rainout, the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 beat the New York Mets in a Saturday night pitching duel at Citi Field. Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter picked up the win improving to 3-2 on the season while Zack Wheeler took the loss for the Mets dropping to 1-5. Arizona third baseman Martín Prado was the star of the game going 2-3 with two RBI singles. Before the game the teams announced that Friday’s game would be made up on Sunday as a single-admission double header.
After the D-Backs were retired in order in the top of the first, Met centerfielder Juan Lagares led off the bottom half of the first with a groundout to the pitcher. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then hit a fly ball to the outfield that Arizona left fielder Cody Ross caught in foul ground, crashing into the padded sidewall. Third baseman David Wright followed with a double into the gap in right center and right fielder Curtis Granderson walked. Mets left fielder Chris Young then hit a dribbler up the first base line and slid into first safely for an infield single to load the bases. First baseman Lucas Duda then struck out swinging to end the inning.
Catcher Miguel Montero walked to start the top of the second. Second baseman Aaron Hill then crushed a double to left, moving Montero over to third. Martín Prado followed with a single through the hole between first and second scoring Montero to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. Cody Ross then hit a single up the middle to score Hill making it 2-0 D-Backs. A.J. Pollack then popped up to third, Josh Collmenter followed with a sacrifice bunt, moving Ross to second and Prado over to third. Right fielder Gerado Parra then flied out to right to retire the side. The Mets went 1-2-3- in the bottom of the second.
In the top of the third shortstop Chris Owings struck out swinging to lead off. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt then hit a ground ball to the shortstop Wilmer Flores who threw low to first. The ball went under Mets first baseman Lucas Duda’s glove and bounced off the screen in front of the Mets dugout. Montero struck out swinging but Aaron Hill was hit with a pitch from Zack Wheeler to put runners at first and second with one out. Prado then blooped a single to left, scoring Goldschmidt to extend the D-Backs lead to 3-0. Cody Ross then struck out swinging to retire the side.
Juan Lagares struck out swinging to lead off the bottom of the third. Daniel Murphy then singled past shortstop Chris Owings into left field. David Wright then blooped a single to left. Curtis Granderson then lined a shot to the gap in right center. The ball bounced up over the wall for a ground-rule double. Murphy scored and Wright was placed at third, cutting the lead to 3-1 Arizona. Chris Young struck out swinging and Lucas Duda followed with a lazy fly ball to center ending the inning. Arizona failed to score in the top of the fourth. The Mets went in order in the bottom fourth with the D-Backs returning the favor in the top of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth Lagares grounded out to third, and Murphy flied out to center. Wright then homered down the left field line to make it 3-2 Arizona. Granderson then popped out to third to end the inning. Both teams failed to score in the sixth inning.
Gerado Parra singled up the middle to start the top of the seventh. Chris Owings then hit a ground ball back to Zack Wheeler. Wheeler looked to second but threw to first for the sure out. Paul Goldschmidt then grounded out to second for the second out. Zack Wheeler was then pulled after tying his career high 118 pitches. Lefty reliever Josh Edgin entered the game and got a ground ball from Miguel Montero to retire the side.
In the bottom of the seventh catcher Anthony Recker struck out swinging to lead off. Outfielder Eric Young Jr. then pinch-hit for Edgin and drew a walk. Young Jr. then stole second base and Juan Lagares reached with a walk. Daniel Murphy then grounded into a double play to end the inning. Both teams failed to score in the next two innings, ending the game.
The Mets play two, tomorrow afternoon. In the first game rookie pitcher Rafael Montero starts against veteran righty Bronson Arroyo taking the bump for the D-Backs. Daisuke Matsuzaka comes out of the bullpen to pitch for New York in the second game opposing rookie Zeke Spruill for Arizona.
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