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Diamondbacks-Mets postponed by rain in 4th inning

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm •  Published: May 23, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Hill was ready to wait all night to get this game in.

Hill had a two-run homer wiped out by a rain storm that postponed the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets in the fourth inning on Friday night after a delay of 2 hours, 11 minutes.

"To get a win ... yeah," Hill said. "We need a few of those."

The game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday. The first game will start at 1:10 p.m. Manager Kirk Gibson said the Diamondbacks, who are in last place in the NL West at 18-31, will likely call up a pitcher for the makeup start Sunday.

The Mets will go with Daisuke Matsuzaka in the second game of the traditional twinbill. Rafael Montero will make his regularly scheduled start in the opener against Bronson Arroyo.

Matsuzaka has been pitching out of the bullpen this season but the converted starter doesn't see going deep into the game as a problem.

"I pitched yesterday but just one inning, did not throw too many pitches," Matsuzaka said through a translator. "I do not think 100 pitches should be a problem"

The Diamondbacks are flying back to Arizona after the game Sunday. They host the San Diego Padres on Monday night but the doubleheader was the only option for the teams that do not meet again this season. They have no common days off the rest of the way.

"I'd rather stay," and wait it out, Gibson said, "but I can see it was raining."

Last season's series between the teams at Citi Field was also plagued by rain.

"Good old New York," Hill said.

Hill gave Arizona the lead in the second inning with a homer off Bartolo Colon that just cleared the fence in left field. Rookie Chase Anderson allowed one hit and a walk in his third big league start for the Diamondbacks.

Dark clouds rolled in during the bottom of the third inning and the public address announcer made a request for fans sitting in exposed areas to move to protected areas.

After Colon pitched a perfect fourth, the grounds crew brought out the tarp and rain began to fall shortly after.

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