NEW YORK (AP) - Kelly Johnson and Miguel Montero homered in a five-run sixth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks stopped a seven-game losing streak with a 9-6 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.
New York wasted David Wright’s two long homers and five RBIs, done in by a dreadful relief outing from left-hander Raul Valdes (2-3) after another shaky start by Mike Pelfrey. Valdes gave up hits to all four batters he faced, turning a one-run lead into a 9-5 deficit in 14 pitches.
Arizona’s outburst was aided by Jose Reyes‘ error at shortstop and it made a winner of Ian Kennedy (6-8), who went six innings and allowed only three hits. Two of them were no-doubt homers by Wright _ a three-run shot that tied it in the first and a two-run drive that put New York up 5-4 in the third.
Two fans carrying Mexican flags ran into the outfield during the seventh inning but were apprehended by security fairly quickly without much incident.
Before the game, a group of about 40 demonstrators across the street from Citi Field protested Arizona’s immigration law, chanting and handing out leaflets that requested Major League Baseball move next year’s All-Star game from Phoenix.
Pelfrey threw 51 pitches in the first inning July 19 at Arizona and was chased after getting only four outs, the shortest start of his career. He yielded six runs and seven hits in a 13-2 loss.
The big right-hander, 0-3 in six starts since beating Minnesota on June 25, recovered from a rough first inning in this one and left with a chance to win after throwing 118 pitches.
Pelfrey retired seven batters in a row before Kennedy reached on Reyes‘ one-out error in the sixth. One out later, Valdes entered to face the left-handed hitting Johnson, who drove a 1-1 pitch to center for his 17th home run and a 6-5 Diamondbacks lead.
Reyes, who had three hits, doubled in the seventh and scored on Angel Pagan’s two-out single off Blaine Boyer.
Pelfrey is 0-5 in seven career starts against Arizona.View Entire Story
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