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"I knew we weren't going to keep up the same offensive explosion we had the first three games," Martinez said. "I expected it. I just had to pitch along with Javy (Arizona starter Javier Vazquez)."
The Mets, coming off 14-1 and 18-4 victories, completed their first four-game sweep in more than two years and have won eight of 10 to move within 1½ games of Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race.
Arizona has lost five straight to drop 6½ games behind first-place San Diego in the NL West.
Martinez (13-5) snapped his two-game losing streak, limiting Arizona to two hits over six innings. He had six strikeouts to pass Mickey Lolich for 15th place on the career list with 2,835. The right-hander also walked four and hit a batter.
"He was erratically effective," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "That was the most erratic we've seen him in a while. But he made the pitches when he had to."
Martinez said his arm felt stronger than in his past few starts, and the sudden liveliness left his arm out of synch with his legs.
"I'll find it eventually," Martinez said. "I do things differently. ... Eventually I'll find it. The last two innings I had it."
The Mets scored twice in the second inning. Cliff Floyd led off with a single, went to third on David Wright's single and scored on a double play grounder. Diaz followed with his ninth homer into the left-field stands. He also had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Braden Looper pitched the ninth for his 26th save.
Vazquez (10-13) allowed four hits and two runs in seven innings. He struck out six and walked two in losing for the fourth time in five starts. Vazquez is 3-9 since June 20.
"It's just disappointing to be losing all these games, man," Vazquez said. "It's really frustrating. We're not getting the job done and we're not winning games."
Arizona had good chances to score against Martinez in the first and sixth innings.
The Diamondbacks had runners on first and second with two outs in the first, but Martinez struck out Troy Glaus to end the inning.
In the sixth, Luis Gonzalez's one-out single broke up Martinez's no-hit bid and Tony Clark followed with a single. Martinez then struck out Glaus on a sweeping curveball and retired Shawn Green on a grounder.
"We had chances," Arizona's Craig Counsell said. "He struggled with his command and that got the pitch count up pretty fast but you've got to get that hit that brings in some runs. We just couldn't get it."
Martinez had thrown 100 pitches when he left for a pinch hitter in the seventh.
"You want to get into the bullpen," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We're watching the pitch count go up, hits are at a premium and we're not even seeing too many balls up. We're trying to get him out of the game, and we do, and we had an opportunity right there."
Hernandez came in and got pinch-hitter Alex Cintron to hit a grounder to third as Clayton broke for home. Wright threw the ball to catcher Ramon Castro, who threw back to Wright at the bag to get Clayton. Second baseman Miguel Cairo ended the inning when he caught Counsell's line drive and underhanded the ball to shortstop Jose Reyes to double up McCracken.
"First and third, nobody out, you've got to find a way to score some runs right there," Melvin said.
|Pedro Martinez strikes out six to pass Mickey Lolich for 15th place on the career list with 2,835. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Miguel Cairo, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.263|
|Cliff Floyd, LF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.286|
|David Wright, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.314|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.500|
|Victor Diaz, RF||3||1||1||2||0||1||3||.267|
|Braden Looper, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Castro, C||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.254|
|Pedro Martinez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.085|
|a- Marlon Anderson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.268|
|Aaron Heilman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Roberto Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gerald Williams, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for P. Martinez in the 7th|
|2B - Cliff Floyd (20, Vazquez)|
|HR - Victor Diaz (9, Vazquez)|
|SF - Victor Diaz (2)|
|RBI - Victor Diaz 2 (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Victor Diaz (5)|
|SB - David Wright (15, 2nd base off Vazquez/Snyder)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Cairo-Reyes|
|New York Mets|
|Pedro Martinez (W,13-5)||6||2||0||0||4||6||0||2.77|
|Roberto Hernandez (H,17)||2||1||1||1||1||2||1||2.72|
|Braden Looper (S,26)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.35|
|HBP - Gonzalez (by Pedro Martinez), McCracken (by Aaron Heilman)|
|WP - Roberto Hernandez (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 100-55, Aaron Heilman 10-6, Roberto Hernandez 35-21, Braden Looper 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 4-7, Roberto Hernandez 2-1, Braden Looper 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 24, Aaron Heilman 2, Roberto Hernandez 7, Braden Looper 3|
|Craig Counsell, 2B||2||0||0||0||2||0||2||.274|
|Kelly Stinnett, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.291|
|Chad Tracy, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.290|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Tony Clark, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.318|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||2||4||.261|
|Shawn Green, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.288|
|Royce Clayton, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.273|
|Chris Snyder, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.210|
|a- Quinton McCracken, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.223|
|Brandon Medders, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Conor Jackson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.194|
|Javier Vazquez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.224|
|c- Alex Cintron, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|a-hit by pitch for Snyder in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Medders in the 9th|
|c-hit into fielder's choice for Vazquez in the 7th|
|3B - Royce Clayton (4, Heilman)|
|HR - Chad Tracy (19, Hernandez)|
|RBI - Chad Tracy (47)|
|SB - Craig Counsell (22, 2nd base off P. Martinez/Castro)|
|CS - Craig Counsell (5, 2nd base by P. Martinez/Castro)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Counsell-Clayton-Clark|
|E - Troy Glaus (20, Wild throw)|
|Javier Vazquez (L,10-13)||7||4||2||2||2||6||1||4.59|
|Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 98-58, Brandon Medders 36-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 11-4, Brandon Medders 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 27, Brandon Medders 8|
|Attendance - 21683|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Tim Timmons|