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Bay propels Mets past D-Backs for third straight win

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NEW YORK -- Things are finally getting back to normal for Jason Bay. The New York Mets' slugger is over that stubborn concussion that wiped out half of last season, and that strained ribcage that put him on the DL again this season.

He's back to hitting home runs, and the Mets are back to winning.

Bay homered and drove in three runs Saturday, and Ike Davis went deep for the third straight game, helping the Mets hold off the pesky Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 for their third consecutive victory -- all of them since Bay returned from the disabled list.

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"He's one of the pros in the clubhouse, and there's a lot of them in there, but he brings a sense of calmness," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's what we needed."

The Mets had lost 12 of 14 before their latest upswing.

"All of a sudden we're getting some timely hits," Bay said. "We're getting some good pitching at the back end of ballgames. There's a lot of reason to be optimistic."

The Mets had a season-high 15 hits after rain delayed the start 1 hour, 21 minutes. They scored all of their runs with two outs, including a go-ahead single by Daniel Murphy in the sixth inning and another run-scoring single by Murphy in the eighth inning.

That gave the Mets bullpen some breathing room.

Rookie reliever Pedro Beato ran his scoreless innings streak to 11 with a clean seventh, and Jason Isringhausen worked around a single in the eighth, before Francisco Rodriguez put runners on the corners with one out in the ninth. He rebounded to strike out Xavier Nady and Chris Young, wrapping up his fourth save in his typical, adventuresome fashion.

"Well, Frankie Rodriguez is a good closer," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He struck out Nady on a good changeup and [Young] out on breaking balls."

Dillon Gee (2-0) went six innings and allowed two earned runs, an RBI triple by Stephen Drew and a solo homer by Miguel Montero that tied the game in the sixth inning.

The 24-year-old right-hander has performed well since being recalled from the minors, making a good argument to keep him in the rotation when Chris Young (right biceps tendinitis) returns from the disabled list next week. Gee also won his start last weekend at Atlanta.

"I try to take every day day-by-day," Gee said. "No matter what the circumstances, I have to do my best every day. I'm just going to keep working until someone tells me otherwise."

Barry Enright (0-2) got hammered again for Arizona, allowing five runs and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He's allowed at least four runs in all four of his starts this season.

The Diamondbacks gave him an early lead when Drew ripped a triple down the first-base line to score Justin Upton in the first inning. But the Mets answered in the bottom half, when Jose Reyes walked and David Wright singled ahead of Bay, who lined a two-out single up the middle.

Bay added to the lead in the third when he homered into the bullpens in right-center field, his first long ball since June 28, 2010.

Davis followed with his own mammoth shot to right, this one landing about halfway up the porch that overhangs the outfield wall.

"I'm still feeling like I'm getting up to speed," said Bay, who has four hits since coming off the disabled list Thursday. "I'm feeling pretty good, though."

The Diamondbacks drew within a run in the fourth, when Drew worked a one-out walk and Montero hit a grounder to Murphy at second base that he let dribble into the outfield for an error. Ryan Roberts and Gerardo Parra followed with run-scoring singles to make it 4-3.

Montero tied the game in the sixth with a homer to right field that landed on the pedestrian walkway above the bullpens, well over 400 feet from home plate.

Murphy put the Mets back ahead in the bottom half, and their bullpen kept them there.

"You've got to give the other guys a little credit every now and then," said Young, who was 0 for 5 for Arizona. "They were able to come up with big hits in big situations."

Notes

  • Mets CF Jason Pridie had his first career hit, a single in the second inning.
  • Gibson had 3B Melvin Mora in his original starting lineup. He decided to start Roberts instead during the rain delay, and he made a nifty grab of a foul pop by Carlos Beltran while hanging over the dugout railing in the first inning.
 
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Jason Bay hits a two-run single as he leads the Mets to their third straight win since he returned from injury. (AP)
Jason Bay hits a two-run single as he leads the Mets to their third straight win since he returned from injury. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Bay
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

M. Montero
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Young, CF5000022 .222
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000020 .184
Justin Upton, RF4120020 .280
Stephen Drew, SS3111110 .316
Miguel Montero, C4211002 .328
Ryan Roberts, 3B4011010 .340
Juan Miranda, 1B4010002 .235
Gerardo Parra, LF4021010 .289
Barry Enright, P2000002 .000
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
   a- Russell Branyan, PH1000010 .265
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   b- Xavier Nady, PH1000012 .235
Totals36484111  
a-struck out for Demel in the 7th
b-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
3B - Stephen Drew (2, Gee)
HR - Miguel Montero (3, Gee)
RBI - Stephen Drew (12), Miguel Montero (8), Ryan Roberts (12), Gerardo Parra (3)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (7), Gerardo Parra (2)
SB - Justin Upton (3, 2nd base off Isringhausen/Thole), Gerardo Parra (2, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Thole)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Roberts-Johnson-Miranda
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Enright (L,0-2) 5.21255122 6.65
Sam Demel 0.1100000 3.52
Esmerling Vasquez 0.1000000 2.84
Joe Paterson 1000010 0.00
David Hernandez 0.2211010 0.90
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Enright 106-67, Sam Demel 3-3, Esmerling Vasquez 1-1, Joe Paterson 8-7, David Hernandez 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Enright 6-8, Sam Demel 1-0, Joe Paterson 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Enright 29, Sam Demel 2, Esmerling Vasquez 1, Joe Paterson 3, David Hernandez 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4220102 .323
Daniel Murphy, 2B5022014 .289
David Wright, 3B5120012 .250
Carlos Beltran, RF4010004 .284
Jason Bay, LF4123011 .333
Ike Davis, 1B4121001 .301
Josh Thole, C4010013 .237
Jason Pridie, CF4010001 .143
Dillon Gee, P1010000 .333
   a- Justin Turner, PH1110000 .300
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Hairston, PH0000000 .179
   c- Willie Harris, PH1000000 .250
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals37615614  
a-doubled for Gee in the 6th
b-announced for Isringhausen in the 8th
c-flied out for Hairston in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Thole (2, Enright), Justin Turner (1, Enright)
HR - Jason Bay (1, Enright), Ike Davis (4, Enright)
SH - Dillon Gee (1)
RBI - Daniel Murphy 2 (8), Jason Bay 3 (3), Ike Davis (17)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Murphy 2 (4), Jason Bay 3 (3), Ike Davis (6)
SB - David Wright (4, 2nd base off Enright/Montero)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Daniel Murphy (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee (W,2-0) 6542151 2.31
Pedro Beato (H,1) 1000010 0.00
Jason Isringhausen (H,3) 1100020 1.59
Francisco Rodriguez (S,4) 1200030 2.35
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 93-62, Pedro Beato 13-7, Jason Isringhausen 17-10, Francisco Rodriguez 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 7-7, Pedro Beato 1-1, Jason Isringhausen 1-0
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 25, Pedro Beato 3, Jason Isringhausen 4, Francisco Rodriguez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 25581
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Greg Gibson