Diamondbacks Strike Late, Beat Mets 7-2


May 31, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) hits a triple in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Pollock went 3 for 4 and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored six times over their final three at-bats to defeat the New York Mets by a score of 7-2. Jeremy Hellickson won his third consecutive decision by allowing two runs over six innings and D’back pitching held the Mets hitless over the final five frames. With the win, Arizona improved to 3-2 on the seven game homestand.

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New York’s Michael Cuddyer opened the scoring in the second inning with a solo home run, his sixth of the season. The D’backs evened things in the third when Pollock’s infield single drove in Nick Ahmed. The Mets took a 2-1 lead the following inning on Eric Campbell‘s single to center field. Hellickson and Jon Nisse tossed zeros over the next couple of innings until the Snakes came to bat in the bottom of the six.

Pollock, continuing his All-Star Game push, hit a one out, ground-rule double into the left field corner. Paul Goldschmidt followed that up with an RBI single to center field to even the score. Yasmany Tomas, making his first start in right field, lined a booming double down the left line to score Goldschmidt all the way from first base for a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, the D’backs added four more runs off three Met pitchers. Ender Inciarte led off with a triple that bounced off Curtis Granderson‘s glove. Pollock then stroked his second double of the game,  increasing the lead to 4-2. After walks to Goldscmidt and David Peralta, Aaron Hill dropped a single to score a run and Chris Owings lifted a sacrifice fly to plate another.  The final tally came when Peralta scored on a wild pitch.

Though he didn’t so seven like I asked him to, Hellickson pitched relatively well, particularly in the sixth when he retired the side on eight pitches. Andrew Chafin, Daniel Hudson and Randall Delgado closed it out by retiring all nine batters they faced. Hudson was impressive in the eighth striking out New York’s biggest threats, Cuddyer and Lucas Duda.

With the win, Arizona improved to 26-28. The Mets dropped to 30-26 and out of first place as the Washington Nationals defeated the Chicago Cubs by a score of 7-5.