By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX (AP) _ Ian Kennedy won his seventh straight start to
become the National League’s second 15-game winner and the Arizona
Diamondbacks widened their newfound NL West lead with a 4-3 victory
over the New York Mets on Friday night.
Kennedy (15-3) allowed a run on six hits in seven innings to tie
Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay for the most wins in the NL.
Justin Upton homered, Cody Ransom doubled in two runs and
Kennedy helped himself with an RBI double as Arizona pulled two
games ahead of second-place San Francisco, which lost 2-1 at
Jason Bay went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI single in the Mets’
third straight loss and ninth in 12 games.
Arizona first baseman-outfielder Xavier Nady’s left hand was
broken when he was hit by a pitch from the Mets’ Dillon Gee in the
The Mets rallied with a run off setup man David Hernandez in the
eighth and another off closer J.J. Putz in the ninth but fell just
short. Putz got his 28th save in 32 tries.
With their 66th victory, the Diamondbacks topped their win total
for all of last season, when they finished last in the NL West for
the second year in a row. They have won four straight.
Gee (10-4), who gave up four runs on five hits in five innings,
fell to 3-4 in his last nine starts.
Kennedy struck out five, walked three and hit a batter.
He has not given up more than three runs in any of his last
seven starts and hasn’t lost since July 3. The 26-year-old
right-hander came from the New York Yankees in December of 2009 as
part of the three-team deal that sent Curtis Granderson from
Detroit to the Yankees. His seven straight wins tie the Yankees’
C.C. Sabathia and Detroit’s Justin Verlander for longest streak in
the majors this season.
Upton’s 24th home run of the season put Arizona up 1-0 in the
first, then the Diamondbacks scored three in the second.
With one out, Nady was hit on an 0-2 pitch but stayed in the
game to run the bases before leaving when the inning ended. Sean
Burroughs doubled to put runners at second and third, then Cody
Ransom doubled down the left field line to score both of them.
That brought up Kennedy, who squared to bunt, but pulled back to
swing away, doubling deep into the right-center gap to bring home
Ransom and make it 4-0.
The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the fourth on a hit
batter, single and walk, but Kennedy fanned Ruben Tejada on three
pitches, then struck out Gee to end the inning.
New York broke through in the fifth when Angel Pagan singled,
took second on David Wright’s walked, then scored on Bay’s second
single of the night.
Bay doubled off David Hernandez to lead off the eighth, took
third when Josh Thole lined out to right and scored on Tejada’s
groundout to make it a two-run game.
After a foul ball hit a support beam on the Chase Field roof, a
very rare occurrence, pinch hitter Scott Hairston doubled off Putz
to start the ninth, then took third on a ground out. He scored on
Willie Harris’ sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 4-3. But Wright
grounded out to second to end the game.
NOTES: Only the AL’s Verlander (17) and Sabathia (16) have more
wins than Kennedy. … Kennedy’s three walks match his season high.
… Arizona’s Daniel Hudson, coming off perhaps the worst start of
his young career, goes for his 12th victory Saturday night. The
Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey, who has a career 0-4 mark with
a 9.68 ERA in four starts at Chase Field. … Diamondbacks pitchers
have 28 RBIs, by far the most in the majors. … Bay has reached
safely in 14 straight games. … The Mets swept Arizona in three
games April 22-24th.
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