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Diamondbacks 4, Mets 5 - Homers by Goldschmidt, Ross Not Enough

You've heard the broadcasters lament the same tale for weeks now. Diamondbacks starting pitchers haven't earned a win since June 5th. Coincidentally or not, that was by Wade Miley. It was 25 days ago, 22 games ago, and five rounds through the starting rotation. And as close as Wade was to winning this one, you just had a feeling they were getting a little bit lucky.


The Diamondbacks took an early lead against the Mets that had us thinking, "Well, maybe this won't be so bad today." In the 1st inning, Aaron Hill was hit in the ribs, and right behind him, Paul Goldschmidt smacked a two-run home run the second field bleachers in left-center field. As cool as it was, the fact that pitcher Shaun Marcum didn't toss his glove in the air this time was a bit of a let-down.That's the 20th home run of the season for Goldschmidt in 82 games. (He ties his career-high, set last season in 145 games.) Didi Gregorius led off the 2nd inning with a single, advanced to third, and scored on a two-out single by Aaron Hill to put the Diamondbacks up 3-0.

Miley worked himself into and out of jams in both the first and second innings. It started off well enough when a walk to leadoff batter Eric Young Jr turned into an easy first out with a pickoff at first base. Miley then gave up two two-out singles to David Wright and Marlon Byrd and a walk to Josh Satin, but he finally struck out the catcher John Buck to end the inning. The next inning wasn't much better, with a leadoff double followed by a single to put runners at the corners with nobody out. But Miley got out of that jam too with a sacrifice bunt and two strikeouts.

Miley then retired 11 Mets in a row until a two-out single by Daniel Murphy in the 5th, followed by a walk to David Wright, but again Miley stranded both runners. At 95 pitches, Wade Miley went back out for the 6th inning and gave up a leadoff double to Satin, who later moved to third on a wild pitch. After two strikeouts, Wade was looking good, until a walk pushed him to 110 pitches, and he was pulled for Brad Ziegler.

Ziegler struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end the Mets' threat, then was sent out for the 7th inning and gave up the Mets' first run on a walk and two singles. Heath Bell relieved Ziegler and got the last two outs of the inning.

There was a scary moment in the bottom of the 8th inning. With one out, Quintanilla hit a ball to the warning track that hit off the heel of Gerardo Parra's glove, and Quintanilla ended up with a triple. The scary part was the way Parra landed on the warning track dirt. He landed hard on his shoulder, slid on his arm, and rolled over his neck before stopping against the fence. The trainer, Kirk Gibson, Wil Nieves, and even two EMTs were out on the field for a long time. Parra was always moving and up sitting fairly quickly. He was seen drinking water, his arm bloody and a black eye already forming, and was eventually pulled from the game "for precautionary reasons" they have since said. Jason Kubel came in to play left field, and Ross moved to right. Back to game action, a two-out double by EY Jr. scored Quintanilla to make the score 3-2 after eight innings.

J.J. Putz came in for the 9th inning in his first save situation since coming off the disabled list. He very nearly gave up a home run to Byrd, but it was ruled - even with replay, which still looked strange - a double. Satin singled to left and Byrd looked like he was going to be out by 10 feet, but Montero didn't even catch the one-hop throw from Kubel. Byrd was safe, the game was tied, and Wade Miley was no longer in line for the win.

Chaz Roe came in for his major league debut in the 10th inning. He gave up a single to the first batter he faced, Quintanilla, who was stranded. Roe earned his first strikeout of Marlon Byrd in the 11th inning, but he also walked the bases loaded (the first one, ironically, was intentional) and gave way to Tony Sipp, who got out of it with a sharp hit right at Goldy.

The Diamondbacks had gotten only one hit per inning in innings five through nine, and another in the 12th. But Cody Ross finally broke through in the 13th inning, right after it became Tuesday on the east coast, with a solo home run off of reliever David Aardsma to put Arizona ahead 4-3.

Josh Collmenter was the pitcher of record from the 12th and it looked like he might get to 5-0 on the year when he came out to finish in the 13th, but it was not to be. Josh Satin hit a one-out double, and Collmenter intentionally walked Buck to set up the force double play. Of course, instead, pinch-hitter pitcher Matt Harvey put down a perfect sac bunt to move the runners over. After intentionally walking Quintanilla to set up the force with two outs, Andrew Brown laced a single to the gap in left center. Satin and Buck scored to win the game for New York in the 13th inning.