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Diamondbacks 1, Mets 4

A good effort by Brandon McCarthy was ruined by not enough offense and some shoddy relief work. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Ralph Freso

The Mets took the lead first during the Dreaded 4th Inning.  Juan Lagares started the inning with a solo home run.  Then Ike Davis hit a two out double, and was brought home with a Wilmer Flores single.  The damage was halted at 2 runs, though, as Flores then proceeded to run into an out at third base on Jon Buck single, ending the threat.

Brandon McCarthy was settled before the 4th, and although he wasn't quite as solid the rest of the way, at least he wasn't giving up more runs.  He certainly did his part to set the team up for a win, going 7 innings and giving up only 2 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk.  He also struck out 4.

The Diamondbacks attempted to rally in the 7th, but came up short.  Aaron Hill ended the shut out with a solo shot, and the Diamondbacks then loaded the bases with 2 outs.  It seemed like they should have been able to get at least one more, but it wasn't to be.  With a runner at third, Chad Pennington struck out and Adam Eaton grounded into a fielder's choice.

The Mets then shut the door in the 8th, or, perhaps more precisely, David Hernandez continued his descent into madness.  He loaded the bases with 2 outs, then gave up a 2 run single to bring the score to 4-1.  Only a great sliding catch by Gerardo Parra ended in the inning and more runs from scoring, but the Diamondbacks hopes were already lost.

Oh sure, the Diamondbacks loaded the bases in their half of the 8th.  But with 2 outs Gerardo Parra would be called out on strikes, ending Arizona's last gasping chance at a win.