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Goldschmidt's error dooms Arizona in 9-5 loss

Sunday - 8/11/2013, 8:57pm  ET

Arizona Diamondbacks' Cody Ross (7) is carted off in the first inning after getting hurt against the New York Mets during a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX (AP) -- Paul Goldschmidt had made only four errors all season entering Sunday's game.

Miscue No. 5 was a brutal one.

Goldschmidt's fielding error with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning allowed three runs to score and the Diamondbacks went on to lose to the New York Mets 9-5.

"I just missed it. I was in position right there," he said. "It is a play I make every time and right there I didn't. "

The loss was painful in more ways than one.

Arizona outfielder Cody Ross had to be carted off the field in the first inning with what was later diagnosed as a dislocated right hip.

"They took him to the hospital and put it back in," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "They are doing more tests on him to make sure there is no fracture and just evaluate the damage. It is possible he could have surgery, but they have not determined that yet."

Earlier in the day, the Diamondbacks -- fading in the NL West and wild-card race -- placed third baseman Eric Chavez on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee strain.

Andrew Brown's three-run pinch-hit home run broke open a close game as the Mets took two of three in Arizona.

Jonathan Niese (4-6), in his first start since June 20, came off the disabled list to go six innings, giving up four runs and seven hits in his first win since May 16.

Aaron Hill's three-run home run cut the lead to 5-4 in the third, but Brown's three-run shot made it a four-run game in the seventh.

Ross stumbled as he approached first base while trying to beat out a grounder, then fell to the ground.

He was grimacing and grabbing his right leg as he was loaded onto the cart. After X-rays, the team announced he had dislocated his hip.

The Mets' Wilmer Flores hit his first career home run, a solo shot off Heath Bell in the ninth.

Niese, out for seven weeks with a partially torn rotator cuff, struck out five and walked one.

"It feels like good," Niese said. "There's nothing like pitching in the big leagues. It's good to get back out there with all the guys."

The Diamondbacks' Zeke Spruill (0-2), in his second major league start, gave up a one-out single to Juan Lagares in the first, then walked Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis to load the bases. Mike Baxter's grounder to first deflected off Goldschmidt's glove and all three runners scored.

"They're so good defensively," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "In the first two games of the series they took hits away from us right and left, so it's pretty surprising when he doesn't catch the ball. Fortunately, we took advantage of it and scored some runs."

Anthony Recker's double brought in the fourth run.

"A terrible first inning," Gibson said.

After Hill's RBI double in the first cut it to 4-1, the Mets had runners at first and second with one out in the third when Omar Quintanilla singled to center. One run scored, but Cliff Pennington's relay throw from center fielder A.J. Pollock cut down Baxter trying to score from first.

Pollock led off the Arizona fourth with a single, then Goldschmidt drew a one-out walk to bring up Hill, whose shot to left cut New York's lead to 5-4.

In the seventh, Davis drew a one-out walk -- the ninth consecutive time he'd reached base -- and Flores singled. Will Harris relieved Joe Thatcher and Brown's second pinch-hit homer of the season made it 8-4.

Spruill allowed five runs, just one earned, and six hits in three innings. He walked two.

Notes: Ross' injury opened the way for the major league debut of third baseman Matt Davidson, the MVP of this year's Futures Game. Davidson, called up from Triple-A Reno, entered the game when Martin Prado was moved from third to left to take Ross' place. Davidson singled to lead off the sixth for his first major league hit ... The Mets face the Dodgers in Los Angeles starting Monday, with RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 1.96) ERA on the mound for New York against RHP Ricky Nolasco (8-9, 3.95). Arizona wraps up its eight-game homestand with three interleague games against Baltimore. LHP Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56) starts the Monday night's series opener for the Diamondbacks, with RHP Scott Feldman (2-3, 5.70) on the mound for the Orioles. ... To make room for Niese, the Mets optioned RHP Jeremy Hefner to Triple-A Las Vegas. However, Hefner was sent to New York for tests on his ailing right elbow and could wind up on the DL.


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