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Live Blog: Mets beat Diamondbacks 5-4 in 9th

FINAL SCORE: Mets 5, Diamondbacks 4

WP: Francisco Rodriguez (4-2)

LP: Juan Gutierrez (0-6)

Bottom 9th: Beltran hit a sac fly to right that drove in Jose Feliciano and win the game 5-4! Feliciano led off the inning with a booming triple to right-center. Reyes flied out to shallow right and Feliciano did not test the strong arm of Upton. The Diamondback's intentionally walked Pagan and Wright to load the bases with one out for Beltran. The crowd stayed on its feet for the entirety of Beltran's at-bat. 

SCORE: Mets 5, Diamondbacks 4 

Top 9th: Francisco Rodriguez relieved Acosta. It was vintage K-Rod, opening up the ninth with two strike outs and then ending it with a fly out for an 11-pitch inning. K-Rod has held the opposition scoreless in nine of his last 10 appearances, letting up two runs in a blown save against the Giants on July 18. Heading the last-licks. 

SCORE: Mets 4, Diamondbacks 4

Bottom 8th: Alex Cora struck out, Thole struck out and Castillo lined to short. That's the bottom of the lineup for ya.

SCORE: Mets 4, Diamondbacks 4

Top 8th:  Acosta handles the eight, sending the D'Backs down 1-2-3. The Mets have the bottom of the order coming up.

SCORE: Mets 4, Diamondbacks 4

Bottom 7th: The crowd was letdown when Parnell surrendered the lead, but the stadium rocked the richter scale when Wright tied the game on a double to right that drove in Reyes and Pagan. D.J. Carrasco relieved Enright and got two quick ground outs from Castillo and Feliciano. Reyes walked and Pagan came through for his third hit of the game to put runners on the corners with two outs. Wright's double electrified the crowd and drove home the two tying runs. Beltran was intentionally walked and Jordan Norberto relieved Carrasco. Norbeto is a crafty lefty and struck out Davis looking with a looping curveball for the final out.

SCORE: Mets 4, Diamondbacks 4

Top 7th: Bobby Parnell relived Takahashi and erased the lefty's good performance. Parnell could not get an out and let two runs score on three hits, the final being a single to right by Upton that put the D'Backs on top 3-2. Pedro Feliciano relieved Parnell. Another run came in when LaRoche hit a dribble up the firstbase line and Davis made a late throw home, allowing Johnson to score and LaRoche to jog in to first safely. Feliciano induced a 4-6-3 double play to get the first two outs and let Upton advance to third. Manny Acosta relieved Feliciano and struck out Reynolds to end the inning. 

Fast fact: Takahashi's 10 Ks was the most by a Met pitcher since Nelson Figueroa did so against the Cubs last season.

SCORE: Mets 2, Diamondbacks 4

Bottom 6th: Enright has pitched a solid game. He worked through the sixth, only allowing Davis to reach base on a walk. Enright's pitching has put a lot of pressure on the Mets bullpen to preserve the lead. 

SCORE: Mets 2, Diamondbacks 1

Top 6th: Takahashi let two runners on, but struck out his 10th batter of the game and stranded two runners by getting Ojeda to foul out to first and end the inning.

SCORE: Mets 2, Diamondbacks 1

Bottom 5th: Castillo walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice to first by Takahashi. Castillo came around to score off a Reyes single to shallow right to put the Mets up a run. Neither Pagan nor Wright could bring Reyes home, but Takahashi is pitched well enough to maintain the team's one-run lead.

SCORE: Mets 2, Diamondbacks 1

Top 5th: Takahashi struck out the side to set a new career-high in strikeouts this inning. He erased to singles by mowing down Ojeda on a called fastball, spinning Young around on a changeup and striking out Upton on a diving changeup. Upton stranded two runners and tossed his helmet away in disgust. 

SCORE: Mets 1, Diamondbacks 1

Bottom 4th: Davis flied out, Carter grounded out and Thole flied out. Enright does not have overpowering stuff, but he's kept the Mets off balance with a good curveball.

SCORE: Mets 1, Diamondbacks 1

Top 4th: The Mets are back in it and Takahashi is doing his best Steve Carlton impression. After getting Montero to pop up, Takahashi struck out Reynolds looking on a heater and Ryal swinging at a slider. Takahashi's career-high in strikeouts is seven. Exiting the fourth having thrown 72 total pitches , he has a very good chance of striking out more batters, especially with the bottom of the order coming up.

SCORE: Mets 1, Diamondbacks 1

Bottom 3rd: While Mark Reynolds began the inning with a defensive gem, David Wright ignited the crowd with a two-out rbi single to tie the game. Reynolds starting the inning with a SportsCenter Top 10 diving catch into foul territory to send Takahashi down for the first out of the inning. Reyes flied to right, but Pagan kept the inning alive with a deep ground-rule double to right-center for his second hit of the day. The Wright drove him in with a single to left, his 75th RBI of the season. Beltran grounded to first to end the inning. 

Fast fact: Wright now has 75 runs batted in, more than he had all of last year. 

SCORE: Mets 1, Diamondbacks 1

Top 3rd: It looked like Takahashi would cruise through this one, but after two walks and a one-out single that loaded the bases, the Diamondbacks proved they are not going to roll over. A sac by Upton drove in Ojeda for the first run of the game. Takahashi stranded two runners when he got LaRoche to ground out and end the inning.

SCORE: Mets 0, Diamondbacks 1

Bottom 2nd: Mets go quietly, 1-2-3. The loudest moment was when the crowd groaned after Davis was called out for the third strike on a low-and-away curveball.

SCORE: Mets 0, Diamondbacks 0 

Top 2nd: LaRoche grounded to second and Montero doubled to right. Takahashi erased the double by striking out Reynolds and Ryal on changeups. The Diamondbacks are a young and aggressive team. Takahashi, a veteran, is countering with offspeed and has racked up four strike outs threw two innings.

SCORE: Mets 0, Diamondbacks 0 

Bottom 1st: Pagan singled, but the Mets had nothing going. With Bay on the DL, Pagan does not have to fight for playing time anymore. He has been considered a better hitter this season anyway and now he can let out a sign of relief...along with Mets fans.

SCORE: Mets 0, Diamondbacks 0 

Top 1st: While Jerry Manuel said he would rather have Takahashi in the bullpen, the lefty has done a good job as the fifth starter. He gave up a leadoff single to Young, but struck out Johnson on a slider for the first out. Takahashi then ended the inning on a strike 'em out, throw 'em out, striking Upton out on a nasty changeup and then Thole throw out Young on the attempted steal of second.

SCORE: Mets 0, Diamondbacks 0 

Mets lineup:

1. Jose Reyes ss (.281, 7, 37)
2. Angel Pagan lf (.305, 9, 46)
3. David Wright 3b (.305, 17, 74)
4. Carlos Beltran cf (.227, 1, 3)
5. Ike Davis 1b (.252, 14, 49)
6. Chris Carter lf (.256, 2, 12)
7. Josh Thole c (.351, 1, 6)
8. Luis Castillo 2b (.239, 0, 14)
9. Hisanori Takahashi p (.067, 0, 0)

Pitching: Hisanori Takahashi (7-5, 4.47)

Diamondbacks lineup:

1. Chris Young cf (.268, 17, 63)
2. Kelly Johnson 2b (.277, 17, 51)
3. Justin Upton rf (.280, 16, 49)
4. Adam LaRoche 1b (.256, 14, 63)
5. Miguel Montero c (.311, 4, 22)
6. Mark Reynolds 3b (.219, 24, 65)
7. Rusty Ryal lf (.307, 3, 8)
8. Augie Ojeda ss (.170, 0, 3)
9.Barry Edenright p (.338, 0, 3)

Pitching: Barry Edenright (2-2, 2.73)


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