Roberts, Hudson Lead Arizona Past Mets 6-4, Pelfrey Hurt by Line Drive

By Associated Press
     Aug. 13 (Washington Post) -- PHOENIX — Ryan Roberts hit a
three-run homer and the Arizona Diamondbacks came from behind to
win for the 33rd time this season with a 6-4 victory over the New
York Mets on Saturday night.
     Daniel Hudson (12-8) allowed four runs, two earned, on eight
hits in eight innings as the Diamondbacks won their fifth
straight to remain two games ahead of second-place San Francisco
in the NL West. 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
     Mets starter 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.
     Hudson was coming off perhaps the worst start of his young
career when he lasted just three innings against Houston, giving
up seven runs — four earned — on 11 hits. The 24-year-old
right-hander won for only the second time in five starts.
     The Mets have lost four in a row and 10 of their last 13 to
fall three games below .500 for the first time since June 22.
     Mike Baxter had a single and RBI triple, and Pelfrey singed
in a run with only his third hit in 42 at bats this season.
     Baxter's triple over the head of center fielder Chris Young
in the fourth drove in Ronny Paulino from first base, then
Pelfrey singled to right to make it 4-2.
     The Diamondbacks jumped on Pelfrey for two runs in the
first. Roberts doubled, then scored on Justin Upton's single.
Upton stole second, then took third on the catcher Paulino's
errant throw. Miguel Montero's sacrifice fly brought Upton home.
     New York quickly tied it with two unearned runs in the
     The third baseman Roberts bobbled Jason Bay's bouncer for an
error. Baxter singled, then the runners advanced to second and
third on a passed ball by the catcher Montero. Ruben Tejada's
soft double down the right field line scored both runners.
     Notes: Pelfrey, in an interview appearing in Sunday's New
York Post, said it was "unrealistic" for anyone to have expected
the Mets to "win it all" this season. .. Bay's second-inning
grounder initially was ruled a base hit but the scorer changed it
to an error on Roberts an inning later. ... Diamondbacks rookie
Paul Goldschmidt struck out four times. ... The Mets will send
ex-Diamondback Chris Capuano to the mound Sunday to try to avoid
a sweep at the hands of Arizona. The Diamondbacks will counter
with Jason Marquis, who is 0-2 and has allowed 15 runs in eight
innings in his two starts since coming to Arizona from
Washington. ... Arizona is a major league-best 61-0 when leading
after eight innings.
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