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Kennedy, Ransom lead Diamondbacks over Mets

Aug 13, 2011 - 5:33 AM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Ian Kennedy tossed seven strong innings and Cody Ransom had a two-run double as the Arizona Diamondbacks edged the New York Mets, 4-3, to open a three-game series.

Kennedy (15-3) extended his career-best winning streak to seven games by allowing one run on six hits and three walks.

Justin Upton had a solo home run in the win, which extended Arizona's lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West to two games.

J.J. Putz allowed a run in the ninth, but held on to record his 28th save of the year.

Dillon Gee (10-4) allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in five innings to take the loss.

"I made a couple of mistakes early in the game that really cost me, but really I felt pretty good," said Gee. "Especially the last four innings I was feeling pretty good and hopefully this is something I can take into my next start."

Jason Bay had three hits, an RBI and a run scored in the Mets' third straight defeat.

Putz allowed a leadoff, pinch-hit double to Scott Hairston in the ninth. Hairston later scored on a sacrifice fly by Willie Harris, allowing the game- tying run to come the plate with two outs. But Putz induced a groundout to second by David Wright to end the game.

Upton gave Arizona the early lead with his homer in the first.

After Xavier Nady was hit by a pitch with one out in the second, Sean Burroughs, Ransom and Kennedy hit consecutive doubles to plate three runs and put the D-Backs ahead, 4-0.

"It helps, especially by the 2nd inning you're up 4-0 and you know you can just be aggressive," Kennedy said about getting an early lead. "It makes it more challenging because you know you have that lead and can just go after guys."

The Mets got on the board in the fifth when Angel Pagan led off the frame with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on Bay's single to left.

New York edged closer in the eighth when Bay greeted reliever David Hernandez with a double, advanced to third on Josh Thole's flyout, and crossed the plate on a Jason Pridie groundout.

Game Notes

Nady left the game after the second inning with a fractured left hand. He suffered the injury when he was hit by Gee's pitch in the second...Arizona has now had 12 of their last 16 games decided by 3 runs or less...Bay has reached base safely in his last 14 games...The game was Kirk Gibson's 100th as Arizona's manager.

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  • Willie Harris sacrifice fly to center scored Scott Hairston with two out. None on and David Wright due up.

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  • Jason Bay single to left scored Angel Pagan with two out. On the play, David Wright advanced to second. Runners on first and second and Josh Thole due up.

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  • Cody Ransom double to left scored Xavier Nady and Sean Burroughs with one out. Runner on second and Ian Kennedy due up.

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