's day could have ended much differently if not for a timely grab by his first baseman.
Garland pitched his first complete game in more than a year and
made a leaping catch to stop a
New York Mets
rally, leading the
to a 5-2 victory Sunday.
''Absolutely huge. That could be a complete game-changer,'' Garland said.
New York scored twice in the fifth inning to pull within one and had a runner on third with one out when pinch-hitter
, just off the disabled list, hit a line drive that appeared headed for the right-field corner.
Tracy leaped and snared the ball, preserving Arizona's lead and taking some starch out of the Mets.
flied out to end the inning, and Garland cruised home from there.
''Tracy caught that ball, it almost took the breath out of the whole stadium. Kind of took them out of the game. And it almost
seemed like it was a letdown on their bench. You know, like that was our chance and we lost it, when they still had a guy
on,'' Garland said. ''The defense stepped up big for me today. I tip my cap.''
Tracy also hit a two-run double that put Arizona up 3-0.
had three hits and
drove in two runs to back Garland, who is 2-8 in his last 14 outings even though he's compiled seven straight quality starts.
Making his 300th major league appearance, Garland (6-10) gave up seven hits in his 10th career complete game and first since
July 6, 2008, with the
Los Angeles Angels
The right-hander struck out two and walked none. He threw 76 of 106 pitches for strikes.
''I thought he did a great job of keeping everybody off balance, not letting anyone get comfortable,'' New York's
said. ''He's never controlled the ball like he did today.''
With streaking slugger
getting a scheduled rest,
started at third base for the Diamondbacks and reached base safely all five times up from the No. 8 spot in the lineup.
Francoeur homered for the Mets (50-54), who had won six of eight.
grounded into two double plays and finished 0 for 4, ending an 11-game hitting streak.
New York starter
(8-7) lasted only five innings. He sported a patchy beard - several Mets have vowed not to shave until the team gets back
The first pitch was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 28 minutes. As a thunder-and-lightning storm rolled through Citi Field, fans
were advised to take cover on the concourses for safety.
''Even a blind man could see it coming,'' Garland said. ''But it was nice, they kept us notified real well. And they were
right on with their times. They knew when it was coming, they knew when it was going to be gone. They got that field prepared
pretty well. It took a lot of rain.''
Once play started, gloomy clouds gave way to clear skies and sunshine.
Montero's leadoff double in the fourth was the first hit off Pelfrey. Montero scored on a two-out double by
, putting Arizona ahead.
Montero's fifth-inning single loaded the bases for Tracy, who doubled over Francoeur's head in right.
New York responded with three straight extra-base hits to start the bottom half. Francoeur led off with a shot to left, giving
him four homers and 19 RBIs in 19 games since joining the Mets in a trade from Atlanta. He had five homers and 35 RBIs in
82 games with the Braves.
followed with a triple and scored on
's double. Cora was on third with one out when Sheffield lined out to Tracy.
''We had him positioned perfect. He hit a scud missile right at me,'' Tracy said.
Garland helped himself with a sacrifice bunt in the sixth, setting up Parra's two-out RBI single off
. Ojeda hit a leadoff triple in the eighth, and Parra's sacrifice fly made it 5-2.
Pelfrey threw 107 pitches, allowing three runs and five hits. He matched a season high with six strikeouts.
''He's the type of young pitcher who right now has trouble putting guys away,'' Mets manager
The right-hander hit consecutive batters with 1-2 pitches in the second, loading the bases before Garland flied out to end
the inning. Garland plunked Francoeur on the left arm in the bottom half.
NOTES: After the game, the Mets optioned Misch to Triple-A Buffalo to make roster room for RHP
, who will be called up to start Monday night against Arizona ace
. ... Montero is batting .377 with five homers and 13 RBIs in his past 13 starts.