Finley Delivers to Sink Mets 2-1

Steve Finley put a quick end to a pitcher's duel that had gone well into each team's bullpen. The thirty-eight year old outfielder hit his eighteenth homer of the year, a solo shot, in the bottom of the ninth against John Franco to propel the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets Saturday evening inside Bank One Ballpark.

Matt Kata had two hits, Rod Barajas added a sacrifice fly, and Elmer Dessens pitched 6 1/3 innings of one run ball as the D-Backs took the middle game of the series.

Stephen Randolph (6-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn the win.

Steve Finley took two balls, looked at a strike, swung and miss, and fouled one off against John Franco (0-3) before delivering a walk-off homer over the right field fence.

Arizona (61-55) broke through to take the lead in the bottom of third against Mets starter Jae Weong Seo. Shortstop Alex Cintron began the inning with a triple into right and Rod Barajas drove him home with a sacrifice fly.

New York (48-68) battled back to tie it in the fourth. Tony Clark reached on an infield single and moved up to second with one out on Timo Perez's single. Jay Bell struck out, but Joe McEwing singled into left to knot it at 1-1.

OF Roger Cedeno entered the contest hitting .500 (16-for-32) over his last seven games... INF Craig Counsell was back in the lineup after being out of the lineup for two straight games with a stiff neck... LHP Al Leiter (11-5, 4.65) goes up against LHP Randy Johnson (2-4, 4.59) on Sunday afternoon...

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