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New York at Arizona

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N.Y. Mets (58-61)020200000481
Arizona (67-53) «20003100x671

Diamondbacks 6, Mets 4

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Ryan Roberts was the last player to make the opening-day roster for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Now he's an important part of the most surprising team in baseball.

Roberts hit a three-run homer and the Diamondbacks earned their 33rd come-from-behind victory by beating the New York Mets 6-4 on Saturday night.

"It doesn't matter whether we're down by two or down by seven going into the ninth," Roberts said. "That just how the team's aura is. That's just what everybody's about. We're not worried about anything but the inning at hand."

Daniel Hudson (12-8) allowed four runs, two earned, and eight hits in eight innings as the Diamondbacks posted their fifth consecutive victory to remain two games ahead of second-place San Francisco in the NL West. Hudson also had a run-scoring single, his 13th RBI of the year.

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Manager Kirk Gibson warned of difficult days ahead for a team not accustomed to being in a pennant race.

"We're in a good spot," he said. "Our character's yet to be determined. It looks like we've got a lot of character. It's yet to be determined. It's going to get frustrating. It's going to get much, much, much tougher, physically and mentally. But we try to keep our team in a position where we'll be able to withstand it."

J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth for his 29th save in 33 attempts.

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey was hit by a line drive off the bat of Gerardo Parra leading off the fifth inning and left the game with a bruised right elbow.

D.J. Carrasco (1-3) came in and Parra moved to second on Hudson's sacrifice before Willie Bloomquist was hit by a pitch. Roberts drove the next offering over the wall in left for his 16th homer, giving the Diamondbacks a 5-4 lead.

"Really I thought he was just going to throw a first-pitch fastball and I was going to see a pitch just to see what it looked like," Roberts said. "I didn't want to be too jumpy and too anxious and do something stupid, so I was just going to actually see a pitch. He just threw a curveball and left it up and I happened to see it and I went at it."

Afterward, Pelfrey had to field questions about a story in the New York Post in which he appeared to be critical of the Mets' personnel. He said his comments were misinterpreted in an interview that he thought had been positive.

"I didn't think I said a negative thing," he said. "That is why I was shocked."

After meeting with Pelfrey before the game, manager Terry Collins agreed with his pitcher.

"It was a tough day for him," Collins said. "He came into the ballpark getting ready to pitch and he gets hammered on things he didn't expect. Then he gets hit by a line drive on one of the days he had some of his best stuff."

Hudson was coming off perhaps the worst start of his young career when he lasted just three innings against Houston, giving up seven runs -- four earned -- and 11 hits. The 24-year-old right-hander won for only the second time in five starts.

"It was just kind of average," he said. "I wouldn't say I had great stuff but I didn't have bad stuff either."

The Mets have lost four in a row and 10 of 13 to fall three games below .500 for the first time since June 22.

Mike Baxter had a single and RBI triple, and Pelfrey singed in a run with only his third hit in 42 at-bats this season.

Baxter's triple over the head of center fielder Chris Young in the fourth drove in Ronny Paulino from first base, then Pelfrey singled to right to make it 4-2.

The Diamondbacks jumped on Pelfrey for two runs in the first. Roberts doubled and scored on Justin Upton's single. Upton stole second, then took third on the catcher Paulino's errant throw. Miguel Montero's sacrifice fly brought Upton home.

New York quickly tied it with two unearned runs in the second.

Roberts bobbled Jason Bay's bouncer to third for an error. Baxter singled, and the runners advanced on a passed ball by Montero. Ruben Tejada's soft double down the right-field line scored both runners.

Notes

Bay's second-inning grounder initially was ruled a base hit but the scorer changed it to an error an inning later. ... Diamondbacks rookie Paul Goldschmidt struck out four times. ... The Mets will send ex-Diamondbacks pitcher Chris Capuano to the mound Sunday to try to avoid a sweep. The Diamondbacks will counter with Jason Marquis, who is 0-2 and has allowed 15 runs in eight innings in his two starts since coming to Arizona from Washington. ... Arizona is a major league-best 61-0 when leading after eight innings.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

R. Roberts
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

R. Tejada
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5010011 .249
Willie Harris, 2B3000101 .240
David Wright, 3B4000001 .263
Lucas Duda, 1B3000101 .269
Jason Bay, LF4100011 .251
Ronny Paulino, C4120012 .293
Mike Baxter, RF4221012 .364
Ruben Tejada, SS4022011 .258
Mike Pelfrey, P2011001 .071
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Hairston, PH1000002 .261
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   b- Justin Turner, PH1000000 .266
Totals3548425  
a-flied out for Carrasco in the 6th
b-grounded out for Parnell in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ronny Paulino (12, Hudson), Ruben Tejada (7, Hudson)
3B - Mike Baxter (1, Hudson)
RBI - Mike Baxter (2), Ruben Tejada 2 (22), Mike Pelfrey (3)
2-OUT RBI - Ruben Tejada 2 (13), Mike Pelfrey (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Ronny Paulino (6, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey 4432030 4.53
D.J. Carrasco (L,1-3) 1122111 4.86
Pedro Beato 2211030 3.88
Bobby Parnell 1000010 4.26
HBP - Upton (by Mike Pelfrey), Bloomquist (by D.J. Carrasco)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 50-36, D.J. Carrasco 23-13, Pedro Beato 27-19, Bobby Parnell 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 6-3, D.J. Carrasco 1-1, Pedro Beato 3-0, Bobby Parnell 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 17, D.J. Carrasco 6, Pedro Beato 8, Bobby Parnell 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS3110011 .279
Ryan Roberts, 3B4223011 .263
Justin Upton, RF3111010 .304
Miguel Montero, C2001102 .266
Chris Young, CF4000001 .241
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4000040 .216
Kelly Johnson, 2B4110000 .210
Gerardo Parra, LF3110011 .293
Daniel Hudson, P2011000 .327
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals2967618  
Batting
2B - Ryan Roberts (20, Pelfrey), Kelly Johnson (23, Beato)
HR - Ryan Roberts (16, Carrasco)
SF - Miguel Montero (3)
SH - Daniel Hudson (8)
RBI - Ryan Roberts 3 (50), Justin Upton (74), Miguel Montero (61), Daniel Hudson (13)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Hudson (10)
SB - Justin Upton (18, 3rd base off Pelfrey/Paulino)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Goldschmidt-Bloomquist
PB - Miguel Montero (5)
E - Ryan Roberts (10, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daniel Hudson (W,12-8) 8842240 3.76
J.J. Putz (S,29) 1000010 2.91
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Hudson 100-62, J.J. Putz 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Hudson 8-12, J.J. Putz 1-1
Batters Faced - Daniel Hudson 34, J.J. Putz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33552
Game Time - 2:17
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Field Culbreth