Roberts, Hudson Lead Arizona Past Mets 6-4, Pelfrey Hurt by Line Drive
Aug 13, 2011
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 attempts. 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 second. 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. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.