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Mets 4, Diamondbacks 2 (Game 2)

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NEW YORK -- Pinch-hitter Ruben Tejada's tie-breaking RBI single in the sixth inning made a winner out of right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the New York Mets earned a split of a doubleheader Sunday by edging the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2, in the nightcap at Citi Field.

The Diamondbacks won the first game, 2-1, when center fielder A.J. Pollock scored the winning run on a two-out ninth-inning error by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy.

The Mets (22-27) avoided being swept in the three-game series and won for just the third time in their last 11 games. The Diamondbacks (20-32) were aiming for their first series sweep of the season.

The Mets outhit the Diamondbacks 22-10 in the two games but grounded into five double plays in the opener -- tying the team record for a nine-inning game -- before finally getting some timely hits in the second game.

Catcher Anthony Recker had a career-high four hits for the Mets in the nightcap, including a leadoff double in the sixth. Six pitches later, Tejada singled to left off Diamondbacks right-hander Zeke Spruill to bring home Recker.

Matsuzaka had an RBI single in the second while right fielder Bobby Abreu laced a game-tying RBI double in the fifth for the Mets. Murphy, who went 5-for-8 in the doubleheader, added an insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth.

Matsuzaka, who made his first 14 appearances of the season out of the bullpen, allowed two runs -- both of which scored in the second -- on three hits and one walk while striking out six.

Right-hander Jenrry Mejia, who took the loss in the first game, earned his third save with a one-hit ninth.

Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado had an RBI triple in the second and scored on left fielder Cody Ross' grounder to short. Shortstop Chris Owings, who homered in the opener, was the only Arizona player with a hit in both games.

Spruill, who was promoted from Triple-A Reno to serve as the 26th man in the doubleheader, gave up three runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out three in his first big league appearance of the season.

NOTES: The doubleheader was the 462nd in the history of the Mets, who were founded in 1962, but just the 15th for the Diamondbacks, who began play in 1998. ... A replay review took 4:08 in the second inning, when Arizona manager Kirk Gibson challenged the ruling that second baseman Aaron Hill's foot had come off the bag on a potential force play. The call was upheld. ... reported that Mets LF Eric Young would be placed on the disabled list before Monday's game. Young has 17 stolen bases but is just 3-for-29 since May 13 and has lost his everyday job. ... Diamondbacks RHP Bronson Arroyo left after six innings in the opener due to a tender elbow. He said he expected to make his next start.
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