Francisco Rodriguez earned his first save since Aug. 1 when closed out the game earlier this evening, but it wasn’t exactly a smooth ride. He allowed a run and two hits in his outing but managed to earn the save.
Oliver Perez pitched solidly through 5 1/3 innings, his usual these days, while allowing just one run. He struck out seven but still walked a high amount of batters with seven. He got into trouble several times but managed to get out of them relatively unscathed.
Pedro Feliciano, who used to be Mr. Reliable, allowed the game to be tied in the seventh inning when he allowed two hits and two runs, which were ultimately credited to Bobby Parnell. Parnell had allowed two hits before being taken out after throwing an inning in relief. Feliciano could not get the retire the lefties, a troubling sign for someone who is supposed to be a specialist at getting left-handers out. Thankfully, Billy Wagner is supposed to return to the team on Sunday to give Feliciano some relief.
Despite this pitching effort, the Mets were able to tack on runs by scoring two in the eighth and one in the ninth. The Mets had a big sixth inning rally when the Diamondbacks committed made two bad defensive plays. David Wright struck out but reached safely on a passed ball. Gary Sheffield singled and Jeff Francoeur walked to load the bases. Wright then scored on a wild pitch. After that, Fernando Tatis singled to drive in Sheffield and Francoeur.
The Mets got two more runs in the eighth when Tatis singled again. After advancing to second on a sacrific bunt by Omir Santos, Tatis scored off a single by Luis Castillo. Cory Sullivan then tripled to score Castillo.
The Mets tacked on a run in the ninth after Wright hit a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Jeremy Reed sacrificed Wright over to third before the Diamondbacks committed the second wild pitch of the night, allowing Wright to score.
I’d like to say it was because of a lot of solid extra-base hits that the Mets got the win tonight, but a lot of it had to do with shoddy defensive by the D-backs.
So, the Mets salvage the last game of the series but get just two wins on the seven-game road trip. They head back to Citi Field where they’ll face the Giants over the weekend.