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After the Arizona Diamondbacks took great care to avoid pitching to John Buck and Omar Quintanilla with intentional walks in the 13th inning, Andrew Brown thanked them with a two-out, two-run, bases-loaded, game-ending single in a 5-4 victory for the New York Mets on Monday night.
Giveaway: The D-backs dropped to 1-6 on their 10-game road trip against the NL East, despite jumping to a 3-0 lead and going ahead again in the top of the 13th on a Cody Ross solo homer. Closer J.J. Putz, just back from the DL, blew the save in the ninth and Josh Collmenter couldn't hold a one-run lead in the 13th — though he was hampered by manager Kirk Gibson's decision to load the bases with two intentional walks.
Homebodies: The Mets won for just the fourth time in 12 games at Citi Field, no matter that it took 5 hours, 13 minutes. There's no clock in baseball!
Good umps, good TV: Marlon Byrd nearly won the game in the ninth, just missing a home run with a double that was affirmed by video review.
Freebie: It would have been better for Matt Harvey, pitcher, to win the game with a pinch hit in the 13th, but he moved two runners into scoring position with a one-out bunt. That prompted Gibson to walk Quintanilla intentionally after the D-backs put Buck aboard for the second time in the game. Buck is hitting .205.
Parramedic!: Arizona's Gerardo Parra really bit it trying to catch this fly ball. No concussion, they tell us, but he had to leave the game.
Yarnell 19: Both of the teams paid tribute to fallen firefighters by hanging jerseys in their respective dugouts.
Rays 12, Astros 0: Matt Moore needed it.
Blue Jays 8, Tigers 3: Happy Canada Day (on Monday) from R.A. Dickey.
Marlins 4, Padres: Rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez might be Matt Harvey, only four years younger.
Reds 8, Giants 1 (6 inn., rain): Right-hander Mike Kickham, when he's down: Seven earned runs and nine hits over 2 2/3 innings.
Yankees 10, Twins 4: Andy Pettitte, meet Whitey Ford. Oh, he probably has, many times.
''We're not that team anymore that we used to have the guys that we could say, 'This guy might hit two home runs in the next inning.' So we've just got to take advantage when we get men on base.''
— Robinson Cano, who homered twice for the Yankees
• Make it 600 career victories for Joe Girardi.
• Dickey said he threw an 85 mph knuckleball.
• The Marlins are 16-10 since June 1.
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