The Arizona Diamondbacks committed 2 errors, were charged with 1 passed ball, and threw 3 wild pitches.Â The New York Mets held onto that bucking bronco just long enough to win 6-4.Â As Arizona catchers Chris Snyder and Miguel Montero repeatedly ran to pick up pitched baseballs that had eluded them one could forgive them for singing a little Big & Rich:Â “I’m feelin’ like Tonto, ridin’ a Pinto, tryin’ to chase the Lone Ranger down.”
Arizona struck first.Â In the bottom of the 3rd inning Ryan Roberts doubled to drive in Augie Ojeda giving the D’Backs a 1-0 lead.Â In the 6th the Wild West Show really got under way.Â David Wright struck out but reached 1st base on a passed ball by Snyder.Â Gary Sheffield singled moving Wright to 2nd, then both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch by Arizona starter Jon Garland.Â Jeff Francoeur walked to load the bases.Â Then Garland unleashed another wild pitch.Â Wright scored and the other runners moved up.Â Fernando Tatis singled to drive in Sheffield and Francoeur and the Mets had a 3-1 lead.
The D’Backs tied the game in the 7th on RBI singles by Josh Whitesell and Montero, who had pinch-hit earlier and stayed in the game at catcher on a double switch.Â In the 8th the Mets regained the lead.Â Pinch-hitter Luis Castillo singled to drive in Tatis, then stole 2nd and scored on Cory Sullivan’s second triple of the game.Â 5-3 Mets.
In the 9th, Wright led off with a single and moved to 2nd on Stephen Drew’s throwing error.Â Jeremy Reed sacrificed Wright to 3rd and Francoeur was intentionally walked to set up the double play.Â Tatis then struck out swinging but (surprise) it was a wild pitch and Wright scored to make it 6-3 Mets.Â Arizona got 1 run off Francisco Rodriguez in the bottom of the inning but he held on for his 25th save and a wild Met win.
The game also featured 2 Arizona runners being thrown out at home plate, so a big “yee-haw” goes out to Met catcher Omir Santos for standing his ground.
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