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New York at Arizona

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N.Y. Mets (53-61) «0000030216110
Arizona (52-63)0010002014112

Mets 6, Diamondbacks 4

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- The West had not been kind to the New York Mets, until the Arizona Diamondbacks provided some getaway gifts on Wednesday.

Cory Sullivan tripled twice in his second game in the leadoff spot and made a nice defensive play in center to help the Mets beat the Diamondbacks 6-4 on Wednesday and avoid a three-game Arizona sweep.

Gary Sheffield, back in the New York lineup after missing six games with a sore hamstring, singled twice. Fernando Tatis singled three times for the Mets, driving in one run and scoring another.

The Mets scored twice on wild pitches and took advantage of other Arizona miscues to finish the trip 2-5 in just their fourth win in 14 games.

"That's what other teams do to us, take advantage of our mistakes," the Mets' David Wright said. "We were able to do that to them today. We took advantage of some of their mishaps and took advantage of some big pitches that they missed."

The Diamondbacks stranded 14 runners, 11 in the first five innings against Mets starter Oliver Perez.

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Ravaged by injuries, the Mets got word during the game that first baseman Carlos Delgado had to stop his rehab work from hip surgery because of a strained oblique muscle.

Manager Jerry Manuel has stopped talking about the many injured players coming back. The Mets, who open an 11-game home stand Friday, are going to have to settle for what they have now.

"I thought at this time, at this road trip, that we would have a few guys back," Manuel said. "To go back home and not see anything on the horizon, we've just got to fight it out every day now. We've got to fight it out to the end."

Diamondbacks reliever Jon Rauch and manager A.J. Hinch were thrown out of the game by plate umpire Mike Everitt after the Mets scored twice with two outs in eighth to take the lead.

Rauch was livid over Everitt's strike zone, particularly on what he thought should have been a strike-three call to Luis Castillo that would have ended the inning.

"Mike, the home plate umpire, I thought he missed some calls," Rauch said. "He was pretty consistent the whole game, calling pitches a little bit off the plate, a little bit out of the zone maybe. And I felt he all of a sudden changed, and I wasn't too pleased with it."

As the 6-foot-10 Rauch charged the umpire, Hinch tried to come to his defense.

"My first priority was to get Rauch away from the umpire," Hinch said. "He's a big man. That's a lot of man to move around."

Rauch simply shoved Hinch aside and continued the confrontation.

"He really didn't hold me back too much," Rauch said of his manager, "and I went and apologized for manhandling him. I kind of let my emotions get the best of me there, but I had some things I thought needed to be said."

After Rauch left, Hinch continued to argue and was tossed for the second time in six games.

Omir Santos blocked the plate twice to prevent runs, first as Ryan Roberts slid home, then Mark Reynolds barreled over the Mets catcher.

After Arizona rallied to tie it on RBI singles by Josh Whitesell and Miguel Montero, Castillo's pinch-hit single off Rauch (2-1) brought in the go-ahead run, then Sullivan tripled to make it 5-3. A wild pitch by Arizona's Daniel Schlereth allowed a run in the ninth.

Pedro Feliciano (5-4) got two outs for the victory as the Mets finished their trip 2-5 in just their fourth win in 14 games. Francisco Rodriguez allowed Whitesell's second RBI single of the game, with two outs in the ninth, but fanned Montero for his 25th save.

One of Sheffield's hits came in New York's three-run sixth inning, which featured two wild pitches by Arizona's Jon Garland and a passed ball by catcher Chris Snyder on a strikeout.

Sheffield left the game for defensive purposes after being hit in the upper left arm by reliever Blaine Boyer in the seventh. Sheffield was not injured.

Notes

Arizona RF Trent Oeltjen saved a run with a spectacular diving catch of Francoeur's liner in the first. ... The Mets announced they will install photographic imagery at Citi Field of famous moments in franchise history. They also will wear New York Giants throwback jerseys in a series against San Francisco this weekend. ... Arizona won the season series 5-2; Oliver Perez was the New York starter in both Mets victories.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

G. Parra
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
New York

F. Tatis
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Cory Sullivan, CF4021100 .269
Alex Cora, 2B-SS5000023 .251
David Wright, 3B5230010 .325
Gary Sheffield, LF3120001 .288
    Jeremy Reed, LF0000000 .258
Jeff Francoeur, RF3100206 .263
Fernando Tatis, 1B4131110 .252
Omir Santos, C4000004 .258
Anderson Hernandez, SS3000020 .258
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH1000001 .249
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Oliver Perez, P2000020 .250
    Sean Green, P1000010 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Castillo, PH-2B1111000 .299
Totals36611349  
a-fouled out for A. Hernandez in the 8th
b-singled for Feliciano in the 8th
Batting
3B - Cory Sullivan 2 (4, Garland, Rauch)
SH - Jeremy Reed (1), Omir Santos (1)
RBI - Cory Sullivan (5), Fernando Tatis (29), Luis Castillo (28)
2-OUT RBI - Cory Sullivan (2), Luis Castillo (14)
SB - Luis Castillo (13, 2nd base off Rauch/Montero)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Cora-Castillo-Tatis
New York Mets
Oliver Perez 5.1611670 5.97
Sean Green (H,12) 1122030 5.19
Pedro Feliciano (BS,2; W,5-4) 0.2200000 2.93
Brian Stokes (H,5) 1000110 3.12
Francisco Rodriguez (S,25) 1211020 3.35
IBB - Whitesell by Oliver Perez
HBP - Reynolds (by Sean Green)
WP - Oliver Perez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 111-59, Sean Green 19-10, Pedro Feliciano 17-13, Brian Stokes 13-6, Francisco Rodriguez 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 4-5, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Brian Stokes 1-0
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 28, Sean Green 5, Pedro Feliciano 4, Brian Stokes 3, Francisco Rodriguez 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Trent Oeltjen, RF5000005 .414
Augie Ojeda, SS-2B3110220 .242
Ryan Roberts, LF4011133 .279
Mark Reynolds, 3B3000112 .284
Gerardo Parra, CF5230012 .298
Chris Snyder, C2000213 .205
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Daniel Schlereth, P0000000 .000
   a- Alex Romero, PH1000011 .301
Rusty Ryal, 2B3020002 .600
   b- Stephen Drew, PH-SS2100001 .265
Josh Whitesell, 1B4022112 .204
Jon Garland, P3010025 .098
    Clay Zavada, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   c- Miguel Montero, PH-C2011011 .291
Totals374114713  
a-struck out for Schlereth in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Ryal in the 7th
c-singled for Boyer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Roberts (13, Perez), Gerardo Parra (12, Green), Rusty Ryal 2 (2, Perez, Perez)
3B - Augie Ojeda (2, Perez)
RBI - Ryan Roberts (14), Josh Whitesell 2 (14), Miguel Montero (39)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Whitesell 2 (8), Miguel Montero (20)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Trent Oeltjen 1
DP - Reynolds-Ryal-Whitesell
PB - Chris Snyder (3)
E - Stephen Drew (8, Throwing), Mark Reynolds (19, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Jon Garland 6632270 4.28
Clay Zavada 0.2000110 3.06
Blaine Boyer 0.1100000 4.31
Jon Rauch (L,2-1) 1322000 3.93
Daniel Schlereth 1110110 7.94
IBB - Francoeur by Daniel Schlereth
HBP - Sheffield (by Blaine Boyer)
WP - Jon Garland 2 (5), Daniel Schlereth (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 107-69, Clay Zavada 12-6, Blaine Boyer 4-2, Jon Rauch 25-16, Daniel Schlereth 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 7-4, Clay Zavada 1-0, Jon Rauch 1-2, Daniel Schlereth 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 26, Clay Zavada 3, Blaine Boyer 3, Jon Rauch 6, Daniel Schlereth 5
Game Information
Attendance - 22320
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor