(Sports Network) - Ian Kennedy can stay unbeaten in his career against the New
York Mets on Thursday afternoon when the Arizona Diamondbacks visit Citi Field
to wrap up a four-game series.
Kennedy was chosen No. 21 overall by the New York Yankees in 2006 before
heading to Arizona in a three-team deal in 2009 that sent Curtis Granderson to
New York and Max Scherzer to Detroit, among other players involved.
He was just 1-4 with the Yankees in 14 games from 2007-09, but has since won
48 times with the Diamondbacks in 113 appearances - including 21 victories in
2011 and 15 more in 2012.
He's been a winner in four consecutive starts against the Mets, allowing just
10 runs on 20 hits in 24 1/3 innings while walking 10 batters and striking out
Kennedy was a 12-4 winner over the Chicago Cubs for his most recent victory on
June 1, but is 0-1 in four starts since while allowing 17 runs in 20 2/3
For the Mets, streaking righty Dillon Gee can get back to .500 for the season
and exceed his win total from 2012.
Gee won a career-high 13 games in 2011, but tumbled to just six wins in 17
starts in 2012.
He was 2-6 this season after 10 starts, but has since win four times in five
decisions across six starts - the most recent coming on June 29, when he
allowed a run on six hits of a 5-1 defeat of the Washington Nationals.
Gee is 1-1 in three lifetime meetings with the Diamondbacks.
On Wednesday, Cody Ross cracked a three-run homer and the D'backs roughed up
Matt Harvey to take a 5-3 victory.
Arizona had dropped the first two of this four-game set and eight of nine
overall coming into Wednesday's affair, but were able to pound out five runs
against Harvey (7-2) over the sixth and seventh frames to mount a sustainable
lead on a rainy night at Citi Field.
Eric Chavez and Miguel Montero each had two hits and an RBI, while Randall
Delgado (1-2) picked up his first win in an Arizona uniform with nine
strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball.
By picking up the victory, Delgado also ended a franchise record-tying streak
of 24 straight games in which a D'backs starter failed to pick up a win.
Arizona's starters went 0-11 over the stretch.
It was the most runs Harvey has allowed in a start all season, with the right-
handed hurler serving up nine hits and yielding three walks over six-plus
frames. He did strike out nine batters.
David Wright, Josh Satin and Daniel Murphy each homered to account for New
The start of the contest was impacted by a 1 hour, 51-minute rain delay.
The Mets won four of seven versus the Diamondbacks last season.
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