D-backs Complete Sweep With 5-3 Win, But Lose Marquis

The Arizona Diamondbacks came from behind again to beat the New York Mets 5-3 and maintain a two-game lead in the division. However, they lost pitcher Jason Marquis to a fractured leg.

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D-backs Sweep Mets With 5-3 Win, Stay Up Two Games

The good news was that the Arizona Diamondbacks completed their sweep of the New York Mets at Chase Field in front of 30-plus thousand fans. The 5-3 win was yet another comeback victory for the team leading the majors in such wins. The bad news was that brand new starting pitcher Jason Marquis fractured his right fibula on a line drive.

The game was Marquis’ third start since being acquired from the Washington Nationals just before the trade deadline, and it was his first decent one. Marquis had made it three innings without giving up a run after giving up 11 in his first two outings. But a third inning line drive from Angel Pagan struck him in the leg. Marquis continued to pitch into the fourth before eventually being replaced by Zach Duke.

Relievers Duke, Micah Owings, and Brian Shaw filled the next five innings in lieu of Marquis. David Hernandez closed things out and snagged his eleventh save pitching for J.J. Putz, who had pitched three games in a row.

Without Marquis, Arizona fell behind 3-2 in the top of the fifth, before Justin Upton’s solo homer tied the game and opened things up for the comeback win. Paul Goldschmidt, who went 0-for-4 in Saturday’s game, went 3-for-4 on Sunday, including an RBI. Upton and Henry Blanco added RBIs of their own.

The D-backs finished an initially shaky homestand with six straight wins, going 7-for-10 overall, and keeping their two-game division lead over the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

Though the team has not officially addressed Marquis' injury yet, it is likely to end his season and put the team in the hunt for replacement starter. Long relievers Micah Owings and Duke are likely to be an option, or a pitcher that made it through waivers. Potential call-ups Wade Miley, Jerrod Parker, and Trevor Bauer may also be on the table.


D-backs Pitcher Jason Marquis Suffers Leg Injury

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jason Marquis suffered a fractured right fibula in Sunday's game against the Mets.


Roberts, Hudson Lead Diamondbacks To Fifth Straight Victory, 6-4

The comeback kids struck again. Ryan Roberts gave Daniel Hudson a second chance with a game-changing three-run homerun in the fifth inning, and the young righthander took care of the rest, leading the Diamondbacks to a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets Saturday night at Chase Field.

The Diamondbacks blitzed the Mets early, scoring two quick runs off Mike Pelfrey in the opening inning. Ryan Roberts kicked the run off, nailing a double down the left field line. Justin Upton followed up by knocking a single to center that brought Roberts home. An ensuing Ronny Paulino throwing error allowed the All-Star to scamper to third base, and Miguel Montero took advantage by knocking the first pitch he saw to deep left for a sacrifice fly.

The momentum would be short lived, though, as the Mets quickly put runners on second and third to begin the top of the second inning. Ruben Tejada proceeded to smash a two-run double to right field that tied the game up at two runs apiece.

The D-backs' slide continued as the Mets tacked-on two more runs in the top of the fourth. Mike Baxter lined a triple to deep center that scored Ronny Paulino, and Pelfrey followed with a rare RBI-single to help his own cause and push the New York lead to 4-2.

Needing yet another comeback, the gritty Diamondbacks went back to work, opening the bottom of the fifth with a Gerardo Parra single that chased Pelfrey out of the game. Veteran righthander D.J. Carrasco came in for relief and immediately nailed Willie Bloomquist with an errant fastball. With men on first and second, unsung grit-master Ryan Roberts strolled to the plate and crushed a three-run shot into the left field seats to give the D-backs a 5-4 lead.

That would be all Hudson needed. The 24-year-old righted the ship and dominated the Mets with a dazzling performance, allowing just four hits over the next three innings. Closer J.J. Putz finished off the Diamondback win, pitching a perfect ninth inning for his 29th save of the season.

After recovering from the early trouble, Daniel Hudson (12-8) finished the night having given up four runs -- two earned -- over eight innings, while striking out four to record his 12th win of the season. The youngster also added to his impressive .327 batting average, knocking in an RBI single in the sixth inning.

With the San Francisco Giants' (65-55) Saturday win over the Florida Marlins, Arizona's latest come-from-behind victory maintains the club's two-game division lead. The Diamondbacks (67-53) conclude their three-game series against New York on Sunday afternoon, as Jason Marquis (8-6, 4.48 ERA) is scheduled to duel Chris Capuano (9-10, 4.51 ERA). First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. PT/4:10 p.m. ET. 


Diamondbacks Sign First Baseman Lyle Overbay To Replace Injured Xavier Nady

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free agent first baseman Lyle Overbay on Saturday.

The move comes in the wake of Friday's 4-3 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in which first baseman Xavier Nady sustained an injury to his left hand.

Nady was hit with a pitch by New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee in the second inning. Though Nady did stay in the game that inning and score one run, reports indicate that Nady's hand actually turned black. He was pulled at the end of the inning and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Overbay, who was drafted by the Diamondbacks in in 1999, spent three seasons with the team from 2001 to 2003. He has since played for the Milwaukee Brewers (2004-2005) and the Toronto Blue Jays (2006-2010).

Overbay has spent the 2011 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing 153 games. However, he was released from the team and cleared waivers on Thursday. After seven full seasons, Overbay will make his return to the Diamondbacks.


Kennedy, Upton Spark D-backs To Two-Game Lead in NL West

Ian Kennedy picked up his 15th win after going seven long, and the Arizona Diamondbacks moved two full games ahead of the Giants in the National League West.


Arizona Diamondbacks Schedule Brings New York Mets To Chase, First Place On The Line

The Diamondbacks roll out behind Ian Kennedy's red Nerf beard to open a three-game home series against the Mets.

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