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  • Mets @ Diamondbacks: 06/16 10:10 PM ET; SNY, FS; WOR, ESPN, KTAR



    GAME 67, ROAD GAME 33

    (28-38) (39-30)
    (15-17) (23-14)
    (1-9) (8-2)
    L 4 W 2

    Saturday, 16th June
    10:10 PM ET
    Chase Field





    GAME START WEATHER



    METS -- STANDINGS



    D'BACKS
    -- STANDINGS


    METS -- LEADERS -- D'BACKS



    METS -- BATTING -- D'BACKS



    METS -- PITCHING -- D'BACKS



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    D'BACKS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    METS -- LINEUPS -- D'BACKS

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    Diamondbacks' Peralta Looks to Stay Hot vs. Mets



    PHOENIX, AZ -- Arizona left fielder David Peralta reworked his swing in the offseason, moving his hands lower and closer to his body with an eye toward getting the ball into the air. It is taking off.

    Peralta has 14 homers and 36 RBIs in 62 games, and he already has tied his career high in homers with more than half to season remaining. Along with Paul Goldschmidt, Peralta has helped the Diamondbacks (39-30) score a major league-high 99 runs in June after winning the first two games of a four-game series against the New York Mets.

    Peralta had two hits to extend his hitting streak to seven games and scored a run in a 7-3 victory Friday. He had three homers in the first two games of the series, including his second career two-homer game Thursday.

    Arizona will look to build on a 10-3 June when it sends left-hander Patrick Corbin to the mound to oppose Mets left-hander Steven Matz on Saturday. Matz, originally scheduled to start the series opener Thursday, was pushed back because of a blister issue.

    The Mets are headed the other way. After opening the season 11-1, they have lost 12 of 13 to fall a season-low 10 games below .500 (28-38).

    Peralta's power improvement came as a result of discussions with hitting coaches Dave Magadan and Tim Laker and input from the Diamondbacks' analytics department, which showed Peralta how often his hard-hit balls stayed on the ground.

    "I made a little bit of change with my hands to try to elevate the fastball more," said Peralta. "Why not put it in the air and see if it is going to better results? When I tried it in the beginning, it felt kind of weird."

    By the start of spring training, Peralta said he was feeling good with the new stroke. Either way, he was determined to stay the course.

    "I put it in my mind that it didn't matter if I got into a slump, I was just going to keep doing it because you have to trust the process," he said.

    Arizona manager Torey Lovullo liked what he saw of the new approach in spring training.

    "It's allowing him to get the barrel to the ball more frequently," Lovullo said. "He's just a good hitter. He's focused so much on being a complete hitter, using the whole field. Now he's picking his spots to drive the ball."

    While the Diamondbacks' offense is rolling, the Mets have scored three runs or fewer in 11 straight games, the first time that has happened since 1981. They have lost six of their last seven series, splitting the other, and the best they can do in Arizona is another split after losing the first two games.

    Dominic Smith, recalled at the start of the week, hit his first homer of the season Friday, which was the Mets' 22nd homer in their last 20 games. Eighteen of those, including Smith's, have come with the bases empty.

    "We need to go out there and score some runs. That's simply stated," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters.

    "We haven't scored a ton and I think our hitters will. I think we have to get everybody in the right spot to start doing that. When we start scoring runs, we are going to win because our pitching has been tremendous."

    Corbin is 6-2 with a season-high 3.10 ERA after giving up five runs (four earned) in a no-decision against Pittsburgh on Monday. He has given up 12 runs (11 earned) in his last three outings, including a season-high six in a loss to Cincinnati on May 30.

    He did not figure in the decision while giving up two runs in the Mets' 5-4 victory at Citi Field on May 19. Corbin had one of his best starts of 2017 against the Mets, giving up one run and four hits in eight innings on Aug. 22. He is 1-3 with a 4.75 ERA in eight career appearances against the Mets.

    Corbin ranks fourth in the NL with a 1.00 WHIP, and his 110 strikeouts are third.

    Matz, 2-4 with a 3.53 ERA in 12 starts, faced the Diamondbacks on May 19. He gave up four runs in four innings but did not receive a decision when the Mets rallied for a 5-4 walk-off victory in the last of the ninth inning. He has no decisions in two career starts against Arizona, although he has given six runs and four homers in 10 innings. He has never pitched at Chase Field.


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      METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets have lost four straight and are 1-12 in their last 13 games...New York has lost 17 of its last 20 games...New York is 15-17 on the road this season, including 0-4 on this road trip...The Mets are 2-9 in their last 11 road games.

      VS. ARIZONA: The Mets are 1-7 in Arizona over the last three years...All-time the Mets are 72-72 vs. the Diamondbacks...New York swept Arizona in a three-game series from May 18-20 at Citi Field earlier this year.

      SINCE MAY: New York is 11-29 since May 1...During that period, the club is hitting .215 with 41 homers...The pitching staff has compiled a 4.39 ERA since May 1.

      METS OFFENSE: The Mets have scored 16 runs in their last 104.0 innings...The Mets have scored three runs or fewer in 11 straight games, which is tied for the fifth-longest streak in team history and the longest since 1981 (August 23-September 2) when the club also went 11 straight games scoring three or fewer runs.

      HOMERS: New York has hit 11 home runs in its last six games and 22 homers in its last 20 games, but, 18 of those have been solo blasts...The Mets have 28 two-strike homers this year, tied for the most in the National League with Milwaukee.

      BIRTHDAY BLAST: Dominic Smith became the 14th different Met to homer on his birthday last night...The last to do so was Anthony Recker on August 29, 2013...Mike Piazza homered three separate times on his birthday with the Mets.

      FIFTH-QUICKEST TO 10 HRs: Last night's solo home run was the 10th in Smith's career in just his 55th game...That is the fifth quickest in team history to double-digit homers for players who began their career with the Mets...Only Ron Swoboda (13 homers in 55 games), David Wright (12 homers in 55 games), Mike Jacobs (11 homers) and Benny Agbayani (11 homers) had more.

      SMITH NOTES: Dominic Smith has hit in three of four games since he was recalled from Las Vegas (AAA) on June 12...Smith is hitting .333 (4-12) with one double, one homer, one RBI and a .385 on-base percentage during that span.

      NIMMO POWER: Brandon Nimmo has a career-high nine home runs...He has seven homers since May 23, tied for the sixth-most in the majors during that span...Nimmo hit six combined home runs in his first two years in the majors (250 at-bats).

      NIMMO NUGGETS: Nimmo has 15 extra-base hits (six doubles, two triples, seven homers) and 11 RBI in his last 22 games dating to May 23...Nimmo has five triples, tied for the fourth-most in the majors...He has been hit by a pitch 10 times, tied for the second most in the majors...He has reached base safely in 30 of his 38 starts and is ninth in the majors with a .395 on-base percentage (min. 170 PA)...He owns a .936 OPS, ranking 11th in the majors and is 11th in the NL with a .541 slugging percentage (min. 170 PA).

      STEVEN MATZ: Will make his sixth road start of the season tonight...Is 1-1 with a 1.61 ERA on the road in five starts this season (four earned runs/22.1 innings)...That is the seventh-lowest ERA in the majors and the fourth-lowest in the NL (min. 20 innings)...Has allowed one run or fewer in four of his five road starts this season...Matz has held his opponent to three or fewer earned runs in seven-consecutive road starts dating to August 1 of last season.

      MATZ SINCE MAY: Steven Matz is 1-2 with a 2.68 ERA (11 earned runs/37.0 innings) in seven starts since the beginning of May.

      STARTERS: Over its last 25 games, New York starters have a 2.92 ERA (46 earned runs/141.2 innings), the lowest in the majors during that span...Overall, the Mets are 12th in the majors with a 3.86 ERA from their starters.

      BULLPEN: In its last 20 games, the Mets bullpen is 1-10 with a 6.78 ERA (51 ER/67.2 IP)...Overall, the pen has 13 wins, tied for the 11th-most in the majors and 18 losses, the most in the majors.

      ROBERT GSELLMAN: Is tied for first among all major league relievers with five wins...He has allowed four runs over his last 19.0 innings (1.89 ERA), including 6.0 scoreless innings dating to May 30.

      AMED ROSARIO: After not hitting a homer in his first 39 games this year, Rosario has four homers in his last 25 games...Rosario has hit four of his eight career home runs vs. Arizona...He also has six career RBI vs. the Dbacks, the most vs. any team.

      FSL ALLSTAR GAME: RHPs Matt Blackham, Stephen Nogosek, Matt Pobereyko and Ryder Ryan all were named to tonight's Florida State League All-Star Game in Tampa...Blackham and Ryan were promoted to Binghamton.

      BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Open their home New York-Penn League campaign tonight against the Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park under former Met All-Star Edgardo Alfonzo...RHP Briam Campusano will start tonight...Fireworks will follow the 6:30 p.m. game.



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        Top of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario struck out, catcher Murphy to first baseman Goldschmidt. A.Cabrera grounded out, second baseman Marte to first baseman Goldschmidt. Frazier struck out, catcher Murphy to first baseman Goldschmidt.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Diamondbacks first. Jay walked on four pitches. Ahmed flied out to center fielder Conforto. Goldschmidt flied out to right fielder Nimmo. Murphy singled to left, Jay to second. D.Peralta flied out to left fielder J.Bautista.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 2:
        Mets second. Flores singled to center. Nimmo singled to right, Flores to second. Mesoraco struck out. Conforto homered to right on the first pitch, Flores scored, Nimmo scored. J.Bautista lined out to center fielder Owings. Matz lined out to left fielder D.Peralta.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 2:
        Diamondbacks second. Marte grounded out, pitcher Matz to first baseman Flores. Owings singled to left. Marrero flied out to left fielder J.Bautista. Corbin struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 3:
        Mets third. Rosario doubled to center. A.Cabrera flied out to center fielder Owings, Rosario to third. Frazier walked. On Corbin's wild pitch, Rosario scored, Frazier to second. Flores lined out to left fielder D.Peralta. Nimmo struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 3:
        Diamondbacks third. Jay grounded out, pitcher Matz to first baseman Flores. Ahmed singled to center. Goldschmidt struck out. Murphy grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Flores.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Mets fourth. Mesoraco singled to center. Conforto grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Marrero to shortstop Ahmed, Mesoraco out. J.Bautista struck out. Matz grounded out, first baseman Goldschmidt unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 4:
        Diamondbacks fourth. D.Peralta grounded out, pitcher Matz to first baseman Flores. Marte grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Flores. Owings flied out to left fielder J.Bautista.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Mets fifth. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Ahmed to first baseman Goldschmidt. A.Cabrera struck out. Frazier grounded out, shortstop Ahmed to first baseman Goldschmidt.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Diamondbacks fifth. Marrero struck out. Corbin lined out to left fielder J.Bautista. Jay grounded out, pitcher Matz to first baseman Flores.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 6:
        Mets sixth. Flores flied out to right fielder Jay. Nimmo singled to center. Nimmo stole second. Mesoraco singled to center, Nimmo to third. Nimmo was out advancing, center fielder Owings to catcher Murphy, Nimmo out. Mesoraco to second. Conforto doubled to right, Mesoraco scored. J.Bautista was intentionally walked. Matz struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 6:
        Diamondbacks sixth. Ahmed tripled to right. Goldschmidt grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Flores, Ahmed scored. Murphy lined out to third baseman Frazier. D.Peralta grounded out, second baseman A.Cabrera to first baseman Flores.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 7:
        Mets seventh. Salas pitching. Rosario popped out to right fielder Jay. A.Cabrera grounded out, first baseman Goldschmidt unassisted. Frazier doubled to center. Smith pinch-hitting for Flores. Smith grounded out, second baseman Marte to first baseman Goldschmidt.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 7:
        Diamondbacks seventh. Smith in as first baseman. Marte grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Smith. Owings grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Smith. Marrero singled to right. Descalso pinch-hitting for Salas. Descalso hit an infield single to first, Marrero to second. Gsellman pitching. Jay was hit by a pitch, Marrero to third, Descalso to second. Ahmed grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman A.Cabrera to shortstop Rosario, Jay out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Top of 8:
        Mets eighth. McFarland pitching. Descalso in as third baseman. Nimmo struck out. Mesoraco grounded out, shortstop Ahmed to first baseman Goldschmidt. Conforto grounded out, second baseman Marte to first baseman Goldschmidt.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Diamondbacks eighth. Goldschmidt struck out. Murphy safe at first on fielding error by third baseman Frazier. D.Peralta struck out. Marte flied out to right fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Mets ninth. J.Bautista walked on four pitches. J.Reyes pinch-hitting for Gsellman. J.Reyes flied out to right fielder Jay. Rosario popped out to first baseman Goldschmidt. A.Cabrera singled to left, J.Bautista to second. Frazier walked, J.Bautista to third, A.Cabrera to second. Smith grounded out, shortstop Ahmed to first baseman Goldschmidt.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 9:
        Diamondbacks ninth. Swarzak pitching. Owings struck out. Lamb pinch-hitting for McFarland. Lamb struck out. Descalso struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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          Conforto Homers, Matz Strong as Mets Beat D'backs 5-1



          by JOSE M. ROMERO

          PHOENIX, AZ -- Michael Conforto showed signs of ending a prolonged slump, and the New York Mets got some much-needed offense for a rare win Saturday night.

          Conforto homered for the second time in three games and drove in a career high four runs, Steven Matz pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1.

          Conforto lined a three-run homer in the second inning, and that was all the support Matz needed against one of baseball's hottest teams. Matz (3-4) allowed a run, six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

          "Trying to stay behind it a little bit, that's the best way I can explain it," said Conforto, who was 2 for 29 over his last nine games. "It's something that I've been through before."

          The Mets ended a four-game losing streak and have won just two of their last 14 games. The Diamondbacks lost for just the second time in nine games.

          "Doing some things that we'd been talking about as far as basic baseball I think is big for us," Conforto said. "We know we're better players than the product has been."

          New York made it 4-0 in the third when Amed Rosario led off with a double and scored on starter Patrick Corbin's wild pitch. The Mets had scored three or fewer runs in 11 straight games.

          Corbin got into another jam in the sixth but got some help from center fielder Chris Owings, who threw out Brandon Nimmo trying to score from second base on a shallow single. With two outs in the inning, Conforto doubled into the right-field corner to drive in another run.

          "You give up three quick runs the way Matz was throwing, it was a little too much for us to play some catch-up," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

          Corbin (6-3) surrendered five runs and eight hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.

          "Take a way a couple of pitches there, I think it could have been decent," Corbin said. "They just did a good job, made it tough. I got the pitch count up there a little bit and they made me work."

          The Diamondbacks made it 5-1 in the sixth with Nick Ahmed's double and Paul Goldschmidt's RBI groundout.

          Arizona loaded the bases in the seventh against Matz and reliever Robert Gsellman, who rode onto the field in the Diamondbacks' new bullpen cart. Gsellman got Ahmed to ground into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

          "Honestly, after the second inning it all clicked for me and I started feeling really good out there," Matz said.

          The Mets' Anthony Swarzak struck out the side in the ninth to end it.

          GREET THE METS
          Most of the right field seats at Chase Field on Saturday night were taken up by hundreds of chanting Mets fans in blue shirts representing a group called the Seven Line Army. It bills itself on Twitter as "the largest traveling supporter section in baseball history."

          The group went crazy as Conforto's home run sailed into its area, and roared again when Conforto took his position in center field and waved before the start of the bottom of the second.

          The fans serenaded Mets pinch hitter Jose Reyes with a soccer-style cheer in the ninth while he was at bat.

          TRAINER'S ROOM
          Reliever Jeurys Familia is with the team in Arizona and is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday. He's been out with a sore right shoulder since June 7. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he "wouldn't be afraid" to go to Familia in the eighth or ninth inning right away. ... OF Jay Bruce is expected to be in Sunday's lineup after missing the past three games with a sore back. ... RHP Noah Syndergaard (right index finger) is moving closer to starting a throwing program.

          RHP Shelby Miller (Tommy John surgery rehab) made a strong start for Class A Visalia on Saturday night, allowing three hits in 6 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. ... LHP Robbie Ray (oblique) will throw up to 70 pitches Tuesday for Triple-A Reno. ... RHP Randall Delgado (oblique) is set for one inning of work for Reno on Sunday.

          UP NEXT
          RHP Zack Wheeler (2-5) is set for his fourth career start at Chase Field. He has 1.93 ERA in three previous starts.

          RHP Clay Buchholz (1-1) faces the Mets. He has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his five starts this season.

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