Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 5/5/12
It was about this time last year that Ryan Roberts took hold of the Diamondbacks' third-base job and never let go on his way to a career year. Cody Ransom is making similar noises this season. Ransom hit his third home run in his last six starts to get the Diamondbacks on the scoreboard first Friday, then capped a three-run rally with a run-scoring single to break a tie in a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets in the first game of a three-game series at CitiField. Purchased from Class AAA Reno on April 18 when Chris Young was placed on the disabled list with a slight tear in the AC joint in his right shoulder, Ransom has provided a productive, timely bat while Young recuperates and Roberts tries to return to form. He is hitting .345 with three homers, three doubles and 10 RBI while starting eight of the last 12 games at third. "Confidence is probably a big part of it, knowing that I can play here and actually believing it," Ransom said. Ransom's two-run homer in the second inning Friday staked Wade Miley to a 2-0 lead, and he followed Paul Goldschmidt's two-run, game-tying double in the eighth with a single to shallow center to drive in Goldschmidt. Ransom also had a two-run homer in the second inning Monday in Miami to give the D-backs a lead they never lost in a 9-5 victory. Ransom, in his 15h professional season after signing with San Francisco in 1998 out of Grand Canyon University, has had five 20-homer seasons in the minor leagues but has never had much of a shot in the majors. He opened the 2009 season as the New York Yankees' regular third baseman while Alex Rodriguez recovered from a hip injury, hitting .190 in 79 at-bats before being sent back down. He has spent parts of nine seasons in the majors but never had more than those 79 at-bats in any season. Roberts had 19 homers and 18 stolen bases in a breakout 2011, his first as a regular, but is hitting .164 with three doubles, a homer and 10 RBI in 73 at-bats. He started the previous two games. NOTES, QUOTES -- LHP Wade Miley gave up an earned run for the first time in his three starts when the Mets scored four runs on four hits in the second inning Friday. Miley, who did not get a decision, had given up three hits and an unearned run over 12 13 innings in his previous two starts. He picked Andres Torres off first base to end the second inning, though, and the Mets did not score again. "I knew if I could keep it right there, we'd have a chance to come back and win it late," he said. Miley's ERA is 2.33, and his next scheduled start is against St. Louis on Wednesday. -- 3B Cody Ransom raised his OPS -- on-base percentage plus slugging percentage -- to 1.200 with a two-run homer and an RBI single Friday. For reference, a rating of 1.000 is considered excellent. It's a small sample size since Ransom has played in only eight games, but he is hitting .345 with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs. Manager Kirk Gibson told reporters earlier in the week that "he's going to be playing more than he normally would" due to the hot start. -- C Miguel Montero has thrown out 46.7 percent of runners attempting to steal on him this season (7 for 15). He had retired four of the six potential thieves until pinch-runner Jordany Valdespin stole third base without a play in the eighth inning Friday. Montero has thrown out speedsters such as Philadelphia's Michael Bourn and Juan Pierre, Pittsburgh's Alex Presley and Miami's Jose Reyes. -- 1B Paul Goldschmidt's game-tying double to right-center field extended his hitting streak to five games. Goldschmidt, a power hitter who has shown an ability to go to the opposite field in his three months in the majors, is hitting .400 with three doubles and three RBIs in his recent run after getting one hit in his previous 16 at-bats. -- LHP Patrick Corbin, who won his major league debut in a 9-5 victory at Miami last Monday, will make his second start of the road trip in his home state against Mets LHP Johan Santana on national TV Saturday. Corbin is from Clay, N.Y., a suburb northwest of Syracuse. Corbin was purchased from Class AA Mobile to take RHP Josh Collmenter's spot in the rotation. BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -- Diamondbacks' consecutive losses in one-run games before Friday's victory. QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's got pop. I hope he keeps it going." -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson on Cody Ransom.
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