Arizona at New York

N.Y. Mets
W: J. Garland (6-10) L: M. Pelfrey (8-7)
HR: ARI - None   NYM - J. Francoeur (9)

Garland goes distance, Diamondbacks defeat Mets wire reports

NEW YORK -- Jon Garland's day could have ended much differently if not for a timely grab by his first baseman.

Garland pitched his first complete game in more than a year and Chad Tracy made a leaping catch to stop a New York Mets rally, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-2 victory Sunday.

"Absolutely huge. That could be a complete game-changer," Garland said.

New York scored twice in the fifth inning to pull within one and had a runner on third with one out when pinch-hitter Gary Sheffield, just off the disabled list, hit a line drive that appeared headed for the right-field corner.

Tracy leaped and snared the ball, preserving Arizona's lead and taking some starch out of the Mets. Angel Pagan flied out to end the inning, and Garland cruised home from there.

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"Tracy caught that ball, it almost took the breath out of the whole stadium. Kind of took them out of the game. And it almost seemed like it was a letdown on their bench. You know, like that was our chance and we lost it, when they still had a guy on," Garland said. "The defense stepped up big for me today. I tip my cap."

Tracy also hit a two-run double that put Arizona up 3-0.

Miguel Montero had three hits and Gerardo Parra drove in two runs to back Garland, who is 2-8 in his last 14 outings even though he's compiled seven consecutive quality starts.

Making his 300th major league appearance, Garland (6-10) gave up seven hits in his 10th career complete game and first since July 6, 2008, with the Los Angeles Angels against Toronto.

The right-hander struck out two and walked none. He threw 76 of 106 pitches for strikes.

"I thought he did a great job of keeping everybody off balance, not letting anyone get comfortable," New York's Jeff Francoeur said. "He's never controlled the ball like he did today."

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With streaking slugger Mark Reynolds getting a scheduled rest, Augie Ojeda started at third base for the Diamondbacks and reached base safely all five times up from the No. 8 spot in the lineup.

Francoeur homered for the Mets (50-54), who had won six of eight. David Wright grounded into two double plays and finished 0 for 4, ending an 11-game hitting streak.

New York starter Mike Pelfrey (8-7) lasted only five innings. He sported a patchy beard -- several Mets have vowed not to shave until the team gets back to .500.

The first pitch was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 28 minutes. As a thunder-and-lightning storm rolled through Citi Field, fans were advised to take cover on the concourses for safety.

"Even a blind man could see it coming," Garland said. "But it was nice, they kept us notified real well. And they were right on with their times. They knew when it was coming, they knew when it was going to be gone. They got that field prepared pretty well. It took a lot of rain."

Once play started, gloomy clouds gave way to clear skies and sunshine.

Montero's leadoff double in the fourth was the first hit off Pelfrey. Montero scored on a two-out double by Alex Romero, putting Arizona ahead.

Montero's fifth-inning single loaded the bases for Tracy, who doubled over Francoeur's head in right.

New York responded with three extra-base hits in a row to start the bottom half. Francoeur led off with a shot to left, giving him four homers and 19 RBI in 19 games since joining the Mets in a trade from Atlanta. He had five homers and 35 RBI in 82 games with the Braves.

Cory Sullivan followed with a triple and scored on Alex Cora's double. Cora was on third with one out when Sheffield lined out to Tracy.

"We had him positioned perfect. He hit a scud missile right at me," Tracy said.

Garland helped himself with a sacrifice bunt in the sixth, setting up Parra's two-out RBI single off Patrick Misch. Ojeda hit a leadoff triple in the eighth, and Parra's sacrifice fly made it 5-2.

Pelfrey threw 107 pitches, surrendering three runs and five hits. He matched a season high with six strikeouts.

"He's the type of young pitcher who right now has trouble putting guys away," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

The right-hander hit consecutive batters with 1-2 pitches in the second, loading the bases before Garland flied out to end the inning. Garland plunked Francoeur on the left arm in the bottom half.


  • After the game, the Mets optioned Misch to Triple-A Buffalo to make roster room for RHP Nelson Figueroa, who will be called up to start Monday night against Arizona ace Dan Haren.
  • Montero is batting .377 with five homers and 13 RBI in his past 13 starts.
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Jon Garland yields two runs on seven hits and no walks for the 10th complete game of his career.  (AP)
Jon Garland yields two runs on seven hits and no walks for the 10th complete game of his career. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Ojeda
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 0
New York

J. Francoeur
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Stephen Drew, SS4110111 .273
Gerardo Parra, CF-LF4012021 .274
Justin Upton, RF3100220 .300
Miguel Montero, C5130002 .290
Chad Tracy, 1B5022001 .226
Ryan Roberts, 2B4000113 .255
Alex Romero, LF3011004 .226
    Chris Young, CF0000100 .197
Augie Ojeda, 3B2220200 .232
Jon Garland, P4000028 .067
2B - Miguel Montero (17, Pelfrey), Chad Tracy (11, Pelfrey), Alex Romero (4, Pelfrey)
3B - Augie Ojeda (1, Redding)
SF - Gerardo Parra (2)
SH - Jon Garland (2)
RBI - Gerardo Parra 2 (40), Chad Tracy 2 (31), Alex Romero (5)
2-OUT RBI - Gerardo Parra (13), Alex Romero (3)
Team LOB - 13
DP - Drew-Roberts-Tracy, Roberts-Drew-Tracy
Arizona Diamondbacks
Jon Garland (W,6-10) 9722021 4.26
HBP - Francoeur (by Jon Garland)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 106-76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 12-11
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 33
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF3000001 .288
    Patrick Misch, P0000000 .000
    Tim Redding, P0000000 .077
   a- Jeremy Reed, PH1000010 .257
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
Luis Castillo, 2B4020010 .297
David Wright, 3B4000002 .322
Daniel Murphy, 1B4010000 .248
Jeff Francoeur, RF3121001 .260
Cory Sullivan, LF-CF4110002 .267
Alex Cora, SS3011001 .254
Brian Schneider, C3000001 .206
Mike Pelfrey, P1000000 .118
   b- Gary Sheffield, PH-LF2000001 .283
a-struck out for Redding in the 8th
b-lined out for Pelfrey in the 5th
2B - Daniel Murphy (18, Garland), Alex Cora (11, Garland)
3B - Cory Sullivan (2, Garland)
HR - Jeff Francoeur (9, Garland)
RBI - Jeff Francoeur (54), Alex Cora (14)
Team LOB - 4
Outfield Assists - Gary Sheffield 1
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (L,8-7) 5533360 4.75
Patrick Misch 1.1311100 4.08
Tim Redding 1.2111210 6.94
Sean Green 1100110 4.72
IBB - Ojeda by Mike Pelfrey
HBP - Romero (by Mike Pelfrey), Ojeda (by Mike Pelfrey)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 107-68, Patrick Misch 24-16, Tim Redding 29-16, Sean Green 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 3-6, Patrick Misch 1-2, Tim Redding 1-3
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 25, Patrick Misch 7, Tim Redding 8, Sean Green 5
Game Information
Attendance - 38374
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Jim Reynolds