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Mets knock around Diamondbacks, complete four-game sweep

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- The New York Mets' weekend series with Arizona was billed as a showdown between first-place teams.

It turned out to be a showcase for the Mets, who completed a four-game sweep with a 15-2 rout Sunday, knocking the Diamondbacks out of the NL West lead.

"It's a big-time sweep," said Met manager Willie Randolph, whose team won its fifth straight game and 39th overall, most in the NL. "We've done a great job this year of winning series. Every once in a while it's nice to sweep it and go four in a row. That's even sweeter."

Carlos Beltran drove in four runs and Carlos Delgado had three RBI as the Mets scored a season-high 15 runs. The Mets batted around in the fourth and fifth innings to chase Arizona starter Russ Ortiz (0-5).

Everything the Mets hit seemed to find a hole. New York went 11-for-25 with runners in scoring position.

"It's kind of like it's contagious when you start hitting good," said Delgado, who had two doubles and a single.

No Met has been hotter than Beltran, who went 9-for-17 in the series with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBI. On Sunday, Beltran singled, doubled and stole a base.

Beltran scored 10 runs in the series. Arizona scored nine.

New York starter Pedro Martinez (6-2) allowed one run in five innings to earn his first victory since April 28.

The Mets improved to 6-1 on their 10-game road trip. New York takes a 6½-game lead into a three-game series at second-place Philadelphia Tuesday night. It's the Mets' largest lead in the NL East since they were up by seven games April 29.

New York has won 10 straight games at Chase Field. In the last two years here, the Mets have blitzed Arizona by a combined 76-16.

No wonder the Diamondbacks were thrilled to see the Mets go.

"They took it to us in every facet of the game," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "That's a heckuva team over there."

Arizona lost its seventh straight game and fell a game behind Los Angeles. The Diamondbacks are 0-6 since learning that federal agents had searched Jason Grimsley's home Tuesday in an investigation into performance-enhancing drugs. The team released the reliever Wednesday and doesn't want to pay him the remainder of his $825,000 salary.

The Diamondbacks haven't led since the first news reports about Grimsley surfaced early in Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia.

"There were some things going on," Melvin said. "We're not going to have that as an excuse. We just got beat by this team."

Melvin called a 20-minute team meeting afterward. Neither he nor the players would divulge what was said.

"There's three-and-a-half months left," first baseman Conor Jackson said. "There's no panic button."

The Diamondbacks have been outscored 14-1 in the first inning of their last six games. They trailed after three batters Sunday afternoon.

Ortiz walked leadoff man Jose Reyes after getting ahead 1-2. Reyes stole second, took third on Endy Chavez' bunt single and scored on second baseman Orlando Hudson's fielding error.

Two outs later, Chris Woodward slapped an 0-2 pitch down the first base line for a double to put the Mets up 3-0.

In the bottom of the inning, a Diamondbacks threat ended when New York right fielder Endy Chavez threw out Craig Counsell trying to score on Chad Tracy's fly ball.

After leaving the bases loaded in the third, the Mets knocked Ortiz out in the fourth. Reyes and Chavez drew one-out walks and scored on Beltran's double to right field to make it 5-0 New York.

RBI doubles by Delgado and David Wright gave the Mets a 7-0 lead and chased Ortiz, who went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs, seven hits and four walks.

Ortiz, who is in the second year of a four-year, $33-million contract, is 1-14 in his last 19 starts over the last two seasons. "I don't see any reason why I should be struggling," said Ortiz, who recently spent time on the disabled list with a calf injury. "There's no excuses. I've just got to get the job done."

Melvin was noncommittal about whether Ortiz would remain in the rotation.

The Mets added six runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Beltran and Ramon Castro, a two-run double by Delgado and a two-run triple by Lastings Milledge.

The Diamondbacks have rallied from huge deficits several times this year, but 13-0 was too much, especially against Martinez.

"Good team behind me, getting a lot of run support, after that I just threw strikes," Martinez said. "I pretty much battled my way through but I managed to throw strikes and I got five innings in."

Notes

  • Mets SS Jose Reyes stole two bases. He has 119 career steals, fifth place on the Mets' all-time list. Reyes' 27 steals this season leads the NL and is tied with Baltimore's Corey Patterson for most in the majors.
  • Martinez, who opened the season 5-0, broke a string of seven starts without a victory. He is 3-1 lifetime with a 1.36 ERA against Arizona.
  • OF Eli Marrero made his Mets debut as a pinch-hitter for Beltran in the sixth. He collected his first hit, a double, and RBI in the eighth inning.
 
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Carlos Delgado congratulates Jose Reyes before he crosses the plate for one of the Mets' 15 runs.  (AP)
Carlos Delgado congratulates Jose Reyes before he crosses the plate for one of the Mets' 15 runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
New York

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3200313
Endy Chavez, RF4420202
Carlos Beltran, CF4324010
   a- Eli Marrero, PH-CF2012011
Carlos Delgado, 1B4233101
    Julio Franco, 1B1010000
David Wright, 3B5011025
   b- Jose Valentin, PH-2B1000002
Chris Woodward, 2B-3B5122133
Ramon Castro, C4111211
Lastings Milledge, LF5012025
Pedro Martinez, P3110011
    Darren Oliver, P0100100
    Pedro Feliciano, P1000010
    Heath Bell, P0000000
Totals42151515101324 
a-struck out for Beltran in the 6th
b-flied out for Wright in the 8th
Batting
2B - Endy Chavez (, Jarvis), Carlos Beltran (, Ortiz), Eli Marrero (, Valverde), Carlos Delgado 2 (, Ortiz, Jarvis), David Wright (, Ortiz), Chris Woodward (, Ortiz)
3B - Lastings Milledge (, Jarvis)
SH - Pedro Martinez ()
RBI - Carlos Beltran 4 (), Eli Marrero 2 (), Carlos Delgado 3 (), David Wright (), Chris Woodward 2 (), Ramon Castro (), Lastings Milledge 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Chris Woodward 2 (), Ramon Castro (), Lastings Milledge 2 ()
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (, 2nd base off Ortiz/Estrada, 2nd base off Ortiz/Estrada), Carlos Beltran (, 2nd base off Ortiz/Estrada)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Endy Chavez 1
DP - Chavez-Castro, Reyes-Woodward-Franco
New York Mets
Pedro Martinez (W,-) 5511131
Darren Oliver 2211100
Pedro Feliciano 1100110
Heath Bell 1000020
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 91-60, Darren Oliver 34-19, Pedro Feliciano 22-14, Heath Bell 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 4-7, Darren Oliver 3-2, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Heath Bell 1-0
Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 20, Darren Oliver 8, Pedro Feliciano 5, Heath Bell 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS3030000
    Greg Aquino, P0000000
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000
   a- Chris Snyder, PH-C1000000
Jeff DaVanon, CF4010004
Luis Gonzalez, LF2010012
   b- Andy Green, PH-LF1100101
Chad Tracy, 3B4000024
Conor Jackson, 1B3010100
Shawn Green, RF4001012
Johnny Estrada, C3111001
    Jose Valverde, P0000000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000
   c- Tony Clark, PH1000010
Orlando Hudson, 2B4010010
Russ Ortiz, P0000100
    Kevin Jarvis, P0000000
   d- Damion Easley, PH-SS3000001
Totals332823615 
a-flied out for Vizcaino in the 7th
b-walked for Gonzalez in the 6th
c-struck out for Julio in the 9th
d-lined out for Jarvis in the 5th
Batting
HR - Johnny Estrada (, P. Martinez)
RBI - Shawn Green (), Johnny Estrada ()
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Orlando Hudson (, misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Russ Ortiz (L,-) 3.1775440
Kevin Jarvis 1.2666210
Greg Aquino 1000220
Luis Vizcaino 1000020
Jose Valverde 1222220
Jorge Julio 1000020
HBP - Milledge (by Russ Ortiz)
WP - Kevin Jarvis ()
Pitches-Strikes - Russ Ortiz 85-48, Kevin Jarvis 47-28, Greg Aquino 20-9, Luis Vizcaino 9-7, Jose Valverde 35-20, Jorge Julio 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Russ Ortiz 4-3
Batters Faced - Russ Ortiz 23, Kevin Jarvis 13, Greg Aquino 5, Luis Vizcaino 3, Jose Valverde 7, Jorge Julio 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28554
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Jim Reynolds