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Arizona Diamondbacks Split Weekend Series With New York Mets But Keep in the Playoff Hunt


The Arizona Diamondbacks took two of three games from the New York Mets this past weekend at Chase Field, winning Friday and Saturday night with a flurry of offense.

The D-backs probably should've saved a few runs for Sunday, however, as they were defeated 5-1 by New York yesterday afternoon and wound up splitting the four-game series with their opponents

On the bright side, Arizona's victories (coupled with three straight losses by the San Francisco Giants over the weekend) enabled the team to remain at .500 in the standings and stay in the hunt for a potential playoff berth in the National League West.

The Diamondbacks were on a major roll going into Sunday's game, having kicked the crap out of the Mets 11-5 on Friday night. A majority of Arizona's scoring came during a six-run second inning when New York's Jonathon Niese loaded the bases, walked Henry Blanco for a run and then gave up a single to pitcher Josh Collmenter.

Willie Bloomquist then popped a grounder close to the third-base line. Niese sprinted off the mound to grab the ball and get it over to first, however, only to flub the throw and allow three runners to score.

On Saturday, Ian Kennedy notched his ninth win of the season as the D-backs racked up a 6-3 victory. Miguel Montero homered and drove in a pair of runs for while Gerardo Parra added three hits and two RBIs. Call us crazy, but it looked like the members of Arizona's lineup enjoyed playing baseball again after a long season full of disappointment.

The good times didn't last as they lost 5-1 on Sunday to the Mets to end the series. New York's R.A. Dickey shut down the Diamondbacks from the mound, striking out eight and walking three. Arizona's lone run came in the sixth when Paul Goldschmidt hit an RBI single. Meanwhile, Joe Saunders gave up four runs, allowed eight hits, and threw three walks in seven innings.

The D-backs will attempt to regroup when they head for L.A. for a major NL West showdown with the Dodgers starting tonight at Chavez Ravine. Trevor Cahill will head to the mound against Aaron Harang. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. For more info, visit www.dbacks.com.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.