Mets work overtime, beat D-backs in 13 on Brown’s hit

By on July 2, 2013

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Mets rookie Andrew Brown gets a sunflower seed shower after getting the game-winning hit in the 13th inning of a 5-4 win over Arizona.

METS 5, D’BACKS 4 (13 INNINGS)

At least three out of every five Mets games for the rest of this season will be started by pitchers not named Matt Harvey or Zack Wheeler.

Attendance and interest are likely to wane when these games are played at Citi Field – especially when they drag on deep into the night. But it wouldn’t matter as much who is pitching or in the stands if the Mets could continue to grind out victories, which they did Monday night on Andrew Brown’s two-run single with the bases loaded in the 13th inning for a 5-4 win over NL-West leading Arizona.

Cody Ross crushed his fourth homer of the season off Aardsma in the 13th, and the Mets fittingly stranded the bases loaded in the bottom half. The final inning included Terry Collins sending Harvey up as a pinch-hitter for Aardsma to bunt with runners on first and second and one out. After the sacrifice was successful, Omar Quintanilla was walked intentionally before Brown lined a single to left-center for the turnaround victory.

Brown laces an 0-2 pitch into the gap to win it for the Mets.

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Brown laces an 0-2 pitch into the gap to win it for the Mets.

Until that point, the Mets (34-45) had been 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position and had stranded 18 – including six by John Buck, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and committed a terrible base-running gaffe after the Mets had tied it in the ninth.

The Diamondbacks scored three times over the first two frames against Mets starter Shaun Marcum, who was spared his 10th loss of the season when Marlon Byrd scored from second on Josh Satin’s game-tying single to left in the ninth.

Lefty Wade Miley posted zeroes through 5 2/3 innings, but Arizona starters have now gone 0-8 with 15 no-decisions since June 5.

The Mets were trailing 3-1 when Arizona right fielder Gerardo Parra face-planted into the dirt and injured himself attempting to make a diving catch on the warning track on Quintanilla’s triple to right-center. Eric Young Jr. cut the Mets’ deficit to one run with a double to right, but Daniel Murphy flew out to left against reliever David Hernandez for the third out.

Matt Harvey is seen itching to bat in the dugout late in the game, but is only called upon to bunt.

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Matt Harvey is seen itching to bat in the dugout late in the game, but is only called upon to bunt.

Byrd doubled off the orange line at the top of the wall in left-center (upheld by video review), before Josh Satin continued his hot hitting (seven-game hitting streak) in place of demoted Ike Davis with an RBI single.

Satin advanced to second when catcher Miguel Montero bobbled the throw from left, and Buck walked before getting thrown out at second as the trail runner on a wild pitch that would’ve moved Satin to third as the potential winning run.


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