Diamondbacks fall short in DH sweep bid

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Thanks to some misfortune by the Mets and some solid defense of their own in the opener, the Diamondbacks had something to show for an oh-fer day.

Arizona came up nearly empty against Daisuke Matsuzaka in the second game of a single-admission doubleheader, losing 4-2 to the New York Mets on Sunday for a split.

In the opener, the Diamondbacks rode a homer by Chris Owings, a miscue by Daniel Murphy in the ninth and a season high-tying five double plays for a 2-1 victory.

But they were a combined 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position in a twin-bill made necessary when Friday night's game was washed out in the fourth inning.

"We could mount no offense at all," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's not coming to them real easy right now, so we're going to get on a plane and we'll try to figure it out."

The Diamondbacks head back to Phoenix where they will host the San Diego Padres on Monday night after a 2-4 trip.

Bronson Arroyo, in the opener, and Triple-A Reno callup Zeke Spruill gave their teammates a chance, though. Arroyo got some timely groundballs for four double plays in going six innings.

Gibson said he would've kept Arroyo in longer but the right-hander had some elbow tenderness. Arroyo insisted he will be OK.

"I'll be fine. I'll make my next start," Arroyo said. "But there are just some times when your shoulder is beat up, your elbow is beat up, your back is beat up, there's times when you're grinding through (stuff)."

In the opener, the Diamondbacks broke a 1-all tie when A.J. Pollock, who doubled off Mejia (4-1), scored as Murphy dropped David Wright's force attempt at second base on Owings' grounder to third.

Owings homered off Rafael Montero and Wright had an RBI single off Arroyo, both runs coming in the first.

Addison Reed earned his 14th save after giving up two hits with one out.

"Kind of a bizarre game that worked out in our favor," Arroyo said.

In the late game, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched six solid innings in a spot start and helped the hitting-starved Mets with an RBI single and Bobby Abreu added a run-scoring double in a rare chance to play.

Anthony Recker had a career high four hits. Pinch-hitter Ruben Tejada hit a tiebreaking single off Spruill in the sixth inning for the Mets.

Murphy added an RBI single in the eighth for New York. Jenrry Mejia pitched the ninth for his third save after getting the loss in the first game.

The 33-year-old Matsuzaka (2-0) made 123 starts and one relief appearance in seven big league seasons before being called up by the Mets in mid-April to work out of the bullpen.