May 6, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) pitches during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

D-backs Can't Touch Dickey, Fall To Mets And Finish Road Trip .500

The D-backs dropped the series to the Mets as they were baffled by knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in Sunday's 3-1 loss.

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Mets' Dickey Baffles Diamondbacks In 3-1 Loss

The only knuckleballer left in major league baseball, R.A. Dickey, made the Diamondbacks hitters look foolish on Sunday. When they waited on pitches he spun them in for strikes. When they tried to swing, the ball fluttered away at the last second. Arizona bats managed just four hits against the Mets "hurler" who threw eight innings before being lifted in the ninth when the D-backs started a rally.

Gerardo Parra, who was the only hitter with success against Dickey (2 hits, 1 walk), got on and then scored on a double by Justin Upton. Jason Kubel came about six feet from tying game with a fly ball that moved Upton to third with one out. But Frank Francisco came out of one of the worst bullpens in the game and punched out Paul Goldschmidt and got a fly ball from Miguel Montero to end the game, series and road trip.

Trevor Cahill pitched well enough, giving up three runs over seven innings. He got in trouble in the first inning with the hot-hitting Daniel Murphy plating two with a single to shallow center. Andres Torres (walk) and David Wright (single) scored from second and third on the hit.

The Mets got their third run in the fourth inning off a Josh Thole RBI single.

With the loss, the D-backs finish the East Coast road trip a disappointing 5-5 with four of those losses coming by one-run and two featuring blown late leads. In other words, this easily could have been a 7-3 trip, but instead the Snakes return home having played well but with only a .500 result to show for it.

Next up is a six-game home stand starting with the St. Louis Cardinals and then finishing with the San Francisco Giants.

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Patrick Corbin Struggles In 2nd Start, Mets Beat Diamondbacks 4-3

After a solid major league debut, left-hander Patrick Corbin did not have the same success in his second start. He was pitching in front of friends and family, as he grew up just a few miles from Citi Field in New York. He allowed four runs on five hits in three and one-third innings, with all runs coming in the fourth inning. Arizona, after snapping a nine-game losing streak in one-run games on Friday, lost by one run, falling short in their rally 4-3 to the Mets on Saturday.

Arizona got on the board first as Ryan Roberts homered in the second inning. But in the fourth inning, the Mets did their damage.

After one out, Corbin loaded the bases with two hits and a walk. Mike Nickeas plated two with a single. That chased Corbin and Josh Collmenter came into the game. After Johan Santana sacrificed the runners to second and third, Andress Torres, three for five in his career against Collmenter coming into the game, singled home the two runners.

The Arizona bullpen would hold New York the rest of the way.

Paul Goldschmidt got Arizona back within one run with a two-run double in the top of the fifth inning, but that was it.

In the ninth inning, Aaron Hill and Justin Upton both had Willie Bloomquist at second with a chance to tie the game, but Frank Francisco closed the door getting Hill to fly out and striking out Upton to end the game.

Johan Santana went seven innings and got his first win of the season. Francisco nailed down his sixth save of the year.

The two teams have the rubber game of the series on Sunday, starting at 10:10 AM Arizona time.

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Diamondbacks Rally To Beat Mets Late, 5-4

A much-needed win for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Not that the win is any more important than others, but it certainly was good to see this team do something we took for granted last summer and rally late.

AZ Snake Pit has the details:

Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4 - Rauchs Pays Ransom for a Dbacks Win - AZ Snake Pit
The Arizona Diamondbacks have broken their 0-9 streak - they have finally won a one-run game for the first time since April 8th, breaking a streak of the past nine consecutive one-run games being losses. Former Diamondback Scott Hairston helped lead the Mets to a big 4-run inning off of Wade Miley, but Arizona got revenge off of Jon Rauch with three runs for the late comeback win.

The Snakes are back against the Mets on Saturday on Fox at 1:05 p.m. with Patrick Corbin making his second-career start.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Mets: Series Preview, Pitching Probables, Game Schedule, More

The Dbacks face the Mets to close out the road trip.

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