PHOENIX (AP) - The New York Mets' night included a failed bid for an inside-the-park home run and ended with them watching Paul Goldschmidt's game-winning shot clear the right-field fence.
All in all, a frustrating start to an 11-game road trip.
Justin Turner had three RBIs and the Mets rallied from a two-run deficit before losing 5-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.
Goldschmidt's 27th homer, his second game-winner of the year, came on a 1-1 pitch from Scott Atchison (2-1) with one out in the ninth.
Atchison said it was just a bad pitch.
``I threw him a good one on the first pitch he took and tried to duplicate that again,' he said. ``Rushed it, whatever, it just wasn't a good pitch and he is a good hitter.'
Brad Ziegler (5-1) pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the win.
The Mets' Marlon Byrd was thrown out at the plate trying for an inside-the-park home run in the second inning. Byrd's head-first slide was not enough to avoid the tag.
``I wasn't sure where he tagged me or anything. I was going so fast,' Byrd said. ``I had one thought - that was to get in safely. Good attempt, good try. They made the relays and made the play.'
Patrick Corbin, looking for his 13th win, left with a 4-2 lead after six but the Mets scored twice off Heath Bell in the eighth to tie it, ending the reliever's string of 11 straight scoreless outings.
Atchison, the Mets' sixth pitcher of the night, retired Martin Prado to start the ninth. But Goldschmidt took him deep to right field, clearing the fence as Arizona improved to 3-0 to start an eight-game homestand.
Goldschmidt didn't have a game-winning hit until this season. Now he has three, two of them home runs. The homer boosted his NL-leading RBI total to 91. He was doused with water as he approached home plate to be mobbed by his teammates.
Consecutive two-out doubles by Corbin, Adam Eaton and Prado put Arizona up 2-1 in the fifth. New York tied it in the sixth, but in the bottom half of the inning, Wil Nieves' double brought in two runs to give the Diamondbacks a 4-2 lead.
Leading off the second, Byrd hit one deep to right center, where the ball careened off the porch that extends a few feet over the field. The ball bounced all the way back to left center.
When left fielder Prado finally chased it down, Byrd was motoring around third. Prado fired to Aaron Hill, whose perfect relay home was just in time for the catcher Nieves to tag Byrd despite the Mets' slugger's head-first slide.
It would have been Byrd's first career inside-the-park homer.
Hill also threw out Juan Legares trying to stretch a double to a triple with a relay throw from right fielder Cody Ross to end the seventh.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Legares should have been content with a double.
``I love the hustle, he came out of the box running hard, but you have to remember what the circumstance is and that is we are down two,' Collins said. ``Every run means something and you can't get thrown out with two outs. `'
Arizona broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth after Hill singled and Ross doubled to put runners at second and third with no outs. Nieves doubled down the left-field line to bring both runners home, giving the Diamondbacks a 4-2 lead just as Corbin left the game.
In the eighth, Bell gave up singles to Daniel Murphy, Byrd and Josh Satin to load the bases with no outs. Groundouts by Turner and Wilmer Flores each brought home a run to tie it at 4 before John Buck bounced out to strand Satin at third.
Notes: Byrd needs one home run to reach 100 for his career. ... On Saturday night, RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-5, 4.94 ERA) makes his first home start since returning from the disabled list while RHP Zack Wheeler (4-2, 3.73) goes for New York. ... The Mets, coming off a three-game home sweep of Colorado, opened an 11-game, four-city trip that concludes with a makeup game at Minnesota.
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