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Davis allowed a run and six hits in 7 2/3 innings and the Diamondbacks won for the ninth time in 10 games, beating the New York Mets 4-1 on Sunday. The Diamondbacks concluded a successful six-game road trip through Philadelphia and New York, winning five of six.
The Mets lost a home series for the first time since April 15-17 against Atlanta, and they can thank Davis' baffling curve.
"I threw a lot of curveballs today, that was pretty much my plan," Davis said. "It seems the last two years they are under a .200 average on the curveball, so when in doubt, I threw the curveball. We tried to keep the hitters off balance and get the key outs."
After Jose Reyes lined Davis' first pitch into left field for a single, Davis (4-6) retired 11 of the next 12 batters. He didn't allow more than one baserunner in any of the first seven innings.
Davis had three walks and six strikeouts in winning his second straight start.
"He had tremendous command the whole time," manager Bob Melvin said, adding that Davis' trademark cutter was also very effective. "It's difficult to gauge him when he's throwing strikes with both of those pitches."
David Wright hit four groundballs to the left side off Davis in the game, beating out the last one for an infield single.
"I only have 10 or 15 at-bats against him, but I don't remember facing him when he had this much command, especially of his curveball," Wright said. "Every big situation, he seemed to induce a groundball and get ahead of the hitter."
Jose Valverde picked up his 20th save in 22 chances.
Mets starter Oliver Perez (6-4) was outstanding early, facing the minimum through four. But he lost his command in the fifth, walking rookie Mark Reynolds on four pitches to start the inning. Scott Hairston followed with a liner between short and third for the first Diamondbacks hit, and Carlos Quentin's ground-rule double to right-center scored Reynolds. Perez hit Chris Snyder to load the bases, but got out of the inning with a run-scoring double play by Alberto Callaspo and a strikeout of Davis.
"In the fifth inning, I got lost a little bit. I was missing the first pitch," Perez said.
Another leadoff walk, his third in a row, cost Perez in the sixth. After walking Eric Byrnes, Conor Jackson followed with a double down the left-field line and Orlando Hudson drove in Byrnes with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 3-0.
It was only the third time in 11 starts that Perez walked three or more batters.
Perez pitched seven innings, allowing three runs and four hits, with three walks and five strikeouts. He lost at Shea Stadium for the first time since April 11 against the Phillies.
Down 4-1, New York threatened in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases with two outs against Davis. Tony Pena came in and got Damion Easley to bounce to third, a pitch after Easley nearly cleared the bases with a hard grounder down the third-base line that was called foul by third base umpire Tim Tschida.
"That would have been nice to get that one," Randolph said. "We were kind of teetering on the edge, but couldn't get the big hit."
With their starting outfield banged up, the Mets used a makeshift outfield of Ben Johnson in left, Chavez in center and Carlos Gomez in right. It was a tough combination for the Mets to overcome, since their best three hitters in the lineup -- Reyes, Wright and Delgado -- came in 2-for-34 against Davis.
The trio went 2-for-11 against Davis. Meanwhile, the young Mets outfield went 4-for-11.
"That's a great win right there," Melvin said. "You look at the teams were playing if you can get out of here 3-3, but to go 5-1 on this trip is outstanding."
|The Mets struggle to get to starter Doug Davis, who surrenders just one run in 7 2/3 innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Eric Byrnes, CF||2||2||1||0||2||1||0||.310|
|Conor Jackson, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.279|
|Tony Clark, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||1||2||.294|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.385|
|Scott Hairston, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.232|
|Carlos Quentin, RF||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.219|
|Chris Snyder, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.223|
|Alberto Callaspo, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.214|
|Doug Davis, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|Tony Pena, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Conor Jackson (12, Perez), Carlos Quentin (10, Perez)|
|SF - Orlando Hudson (6)|
|RBI - Orlando Hudson (34), Carlos Quentin (22)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Mark Reynolds (2, Throwing)|
|Doug Davis (W,4-6)||7.2||6||1||1||3||6||0||3.05|
|Tony Pena (H,10)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.79|
|Jose Valverde (S,20)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.38|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 111-71, Tony Pena 4-2, Jose Valverde 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 9-8, Tony Pena 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Doug Davis 32, Tony Pena 1, Jose Valverde 3|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.316|
|Endy Chavez, CF||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.299|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.272|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||4||0||0||1||0||3||3||.226|
|Paul Lo Duca, C||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.307|
|Damion Easley, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.248|
|Ben Johnson, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.154|
|Carlos Gomez, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.229|
|Oliver Perez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.292|
|a- Julio Franco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.167|
|Aaron Heilman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- David Newhan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|a-struck out for Perez in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Heilman in the 9th|
|2B - Endy Chavez (6, Davis)|
|SH - Endy Chavez (5), Oliver Perez (4)|
|RBI - Carlos Delgado (34)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Wright-Easley-Delgado, Reyes-Easley-Delgado|
|E - Jose Reyes (3, Throwing)|
|New York Mets|
|Oliver Perez (L,6-4)||7||4||3||3||3||5||0||2.80|
|HBP - Snyder (by Oliver Perez)|
|WP - Aaron Heilman (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 103-61, Aaron Heilman 28-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 4-10, Aaron Heilman 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 27, Aaron Heilman 8|
|Attendance - 53012|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Dusty Dellinger, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Tim Tschida|