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  • Diamondbacks @ Mets: 09/09 7:10 PM ET; SNY, FS; WCBS, ESPN, KTAR



    GAME 143, HOME GAME 68

    Monday, 9th September
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field





    D'BACKS -- STANDINGS



    METS -- STANDINGS



    D'BACKS -- LEADERS -- METS



    D'BACKS -- BATTING -- METS



    D'BACKS -- PITCHING -- METS



    D'BACKS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    D'BACKS -- LINEUPS -- METS

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    Mets Host D'backs as Both Try to Stay in Wild-Card Race



    The New York Mets know what it's like to enjoy a surge into contention, as the Arizona Diamondbacks are experiencing currently. On Monday night, the Mets' playoff hopes may rest on figuring out how to regain that feeling.

    The Diamondbacks will look to continue their timely hot streak Monday night, when they visit the Mets in the opener of a four-game series pitting teams on the outside looking in at a National League wild-card berth.

    Merrill Kelly (10-13, 4.69 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Diamondbacks against defending NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom (8-8, 2.76 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.

    Both teams absorbed defeats Sunday. The Diamondbacks gave up the tying run in the eighth inning in Cincinnati, then watched the Reds finish off a walk-off 4-3 win.

    The Mets squandered an early three-run lead in falling to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, 10-7.

    The Diamondbacks had a five-game winning streak snapped, and was just their second defeat in the last 13 games. They have made up 3 1/2 games on the Chicago Cubs in the race for the second wild card since Aug. 24. Arizona enters Monday 1 1/2 games back of the Cubs.

    The Diamondbacks remained optimistic Sunday even after missing a chance to gain more ground on the Cubs, who lost the final three games of a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    "We'll be fine," Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed told reporters. "We're playing well. We're not worried about one loss. We're rolling."

    That's a familiar feeling for the Mets, who at one point were tied for 13th place in the NL before going on a 15-1 tear to move within a half-game of the wild-card spots.

    But a 7-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Aug. 10 cost the Mets an opportunity to climb into a playoff position, and it also started an 11-14 skid. New York has fallen to fifth in the race for the second wild card, four games behind the Cubs and staring up at the Diamondbacks, Phillies and Brewers. The latter two teams are each two games back of Chicago.

    Mets manager Mickey Callaway struck an upbeat tone late Sunday afternoon but acknowledged the urgency of the series against the Diamondbacks.

    "We're still going to be the same amount of games back," Callaway said. "We're about to play a very good team that we can make up a ton of ground on with four games, and we've just got to keep plugging along. We've got to win games. You can't lose two in a row."

    Kelly earned the win in his most recent start on Sept. 3, when he allowed three hits over seven scoreless innings as the Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 2-1.

    DeGrom took a no-decision on Sept. 3, when he gave up four runs over seven innings as the Mets fell to the Nationals 11-10.

    Kelly earned the win in his lone start against the Mets on June 2, when he allowed one run and struck out a career-high 10 over 7 2/3 innings as the Diamondbacks cruised to a 7-1 victory.

    DeGrom is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in three starts against Arizona.

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      • The Diamondbacks are a major league-best 11-2 since August 25, having won a season-high four straight series. Arizona's 3.12 ERA in these 13 games since August 25 trails only St. Louis' 2.91 for the best in the majors. This immediately follows a 13-game stretch from August 11-24, in which its 5.95 ERA was third-worst in MLB.
      • Ketel Marte has a .483/.516/1.034 slash line this month while leading the majors with 14 RBI. He has scored a run in all seven games played in September, and no D-back has had a longer consecutive games streak of scoring at least one run since J.D. Martinez scored in nine straight games in 2017.
      • The Mets have lost a season-high three straight home series, going 1-8 in that span after going 13-1 in their previous 14 at Citi Field. Their pitchers have a 5.13 ERA in their last nine at home after posting a 2.50 ERA in their prior 14 there.
      • Jacob deGrom threw 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball at Arizona back in June, and has a 1.74 ERA in three career starts against the D'backs. In 13 starts against NL West teams since the start of last season, deGrom's 1.66 ERA is the best of any of the 69 pitchers with a minimum of 50 innings.
      • Robbie Ray, New York's scheduled starter for Wednesday, has a 6.26 ERA in four starts against NL East teams this season. This will be his first look this year against the Mets, however, and in four career starts against them, he has a 0.82 ERA -- his lowest against any NL team.
      • Pete Alonso is now up to 307 total bases on the season, the most by a Met since David Wright had a franchise-record 334 in 2008. Alonso, however, is slashing just .185/.290/.352 with two home runs in his last 14 home games compared to a .404/.469/.719 slash line with five homers in his last 14 on the road.
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          Top of 1:
          Diamondbacks first. Marte struck out. Rojas singled to left. Escobar struck out. Walker struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 1:
          Mets first. McNeil grounded out, second baseman Flores to first baseman Walker. Alonso homered to center on a 0-1 count. Conforto walked on a full count. Ramos was hit by a pitch, Conforto to second. Canó grounded into a double play, shortstop Ahmed to first baseman Walker, Ramos out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Top of 2:
          Diamondbacks second. Flores grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Kelly struck out. Ahmed grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher deGrom.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 2:
          Mets second. Davis struck out. Nimmo struck out. Rosario singled to center. deGrom grounded out, second baseman Flores to first baseman Walker.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 3:
          Diamondbacks third. Dyson flied out to left fielder Davis. Kelly struck out. Marte struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 3:
          Mets third. McNeil grounded out, second baseman Flores to first baseman Walker. Alonso grounded out, first baseman Walker to pitcher Kelly. Conforto struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 4:
          Diamondbacks fourth. Rojas struck out. Escobar singled to left. Walker grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Escobar out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 4:
          Mets fourth. Ramos doubled to center. Canó lined out to shortstop Ahmed. Davis grounded out, third baseman Escobar to first baseman Walker. Nimmo was intentionally walked. Rosario singled to center, Ramos scored, Nimmo to second. deGrom flied out to left fielder Rojas.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Top of 5:
          Diamondbacks fifth. Flores homered to left on a 3-1 count. Kelly flied out to right fielder Conforto. Ahmed struck out. Dyson walked on a full count. Dyson stole second. On throwing error by catcher Ramos, Dyson to third. Kelly struck out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 5:
          Mets fifth. McNeil struck out. Alonso homered to left on a 1-1 count. Conforto singled to left. Ramos grounded into a double play, third baseman Escobar to second baseman Flores to first baseman Walker, Conforto out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Top of 6:
          Diamondbacks sixth. Marte struck out. Rojas struck out. Escobar grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher deGrom.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 6:
          Mets sixth. Canó singled to right. Davis grounded into a double play, shortstop Ahmed to second baseman Flores to first baseman Walker, Canó out. Nimmo struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 7:
          Diamondbacks seventh. Walker flied out to right fielder Conforto. Flores grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher deGrom. Kelly grounded out, pitcher deGrom to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 7:
          Mets seventh. López pitching. Rosario grounded out, second baseman Flores to first baseman Walker. Panik pinch-hitting for deGrom. Scott pitching. Panik flied out to center fielder Marte. McNeil doubled to center. Crichton pitching. A.Avila in as catcher. Alonso struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 8:
          Diamondbacks eighth. Lagares in as center fielder. Nimmo in as left fielder. Lugo pitching. Ahmed grounded out, third baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso. Dyson struck out. A.Avila struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 8:
          Mets eighth. Conforto struck out. Ramos singled to center. McFarland pitching. Canó grounded into a double play, first baseman Walker to shortstop Ahmed to pitcher McFarland, Ramos out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 9:
          Diamondbacks ninth. Marte struck out. Rojas grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. Escobar struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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            Alonso Hits 46th, 47th HRs as deGrom, Mets Beat D-backs 3-1


            by LARRY FLEISHER

            -- Pete Alonso sent a couple more pitches flying into the seats while Jacob deGrom's tosses kept darting in and out of the strike zone.

            It all added up to a crucial win for the Mets.

            Alonso hit two homers to take sole possession of the major league lead, deGrom struck out 11 and New York beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Monday night in the opener of an important four-game series for both teams.

            The Diamondbacks began the day 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot and the Mets trailed by four. Chicago played later at San Diego.

            Alonso hit a solo drive in the first inning, then connected for his 47th home run in the fifth. He moved two ahead Mike Trout for most in the majors and closed within five of Aaron Judge's rookie record set two years ago.

            "When they throw him strikes, he's going to hit the ball hard," manager Mickey Callaway said. "That's first and foremost. There's got to be some anxiety with pitchers having to face Pete. So, if he doesn't get on via hit, he's getting on via walk. He's just a great hitter."

            Alonso set a team record by reaching base safely in his 34th consecutive game. The first baseman recorded his fourth career multihomer game and joined Daryl Strawberry as the only Mets rookie to get four multihomer games.

            "We just made some mistakes in the wrong inning at the wrong time and he took advantage of them," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

            DeGrom (9-8) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. He gave up a home run to former teammate Wilmer Flores in the fifth and little else.

            "For him to throw the ball the way he did tonight, that was awesome," Alonso said. "That's Cy Young, vintage Jake deGrom right there. That was really special."

            The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner recorded his 41st career double-digit strikeout game and ninth this season, tying Max Scherzer for the league lead. DeGrom struck out multiple batters in four innings and reached double-digit strikeouts when he fanned Ketel Marte with a fastball for the first out of the sixth.

            DeGrom achieved his latest dominant performance by throwing his off-speed pitches more often. He threw his slider and changeup 57 times and got nine strikeouts on those pitches, including two to Marte, who struck out four times.

            "It had a lot of movement tonight, probably more than it's had all year," deGrom said. "So I think we saw that early and kind of stuck with it."

            DeGrom also pitched at least seven innings and allowed one run or fewer for the ninth time this year. Only Justin Verlander and Patrick Corbin have done it 10 times.

            Seth Lugo pitched two innings for his fifth save.

            Amed Rosario added an RBI single in between the Alonso homers.

            Merrill Kelly (10-14) allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings.

            The Diamondbacks fell to 11-3 in their last 14 games and lost consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 21-24.

            WELCOME BACK, WILMER

            Flores made his first appearance in Citi Field since signing with Arizona in the offseason. He tipped his helmet after receiving a standing ovation before his first at-bat in the second inning.

            Flores also got video tribute before the game that ended with Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" playing as the video board showed him embracing Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo.

            "It was a little weird because I was used to being on the New York side," Flores said. "But I met a lot of good friends there, good teammates. It was a special night."

            Flores appeared in 581 regular-season games for the Mets since making his major league debut in August 2013. He is best known for his game-winning homer against the Washington Nationals on July 31, 2015, four days after nearly being traded to Milwaukee for Carlos Gomez and breaking down in tears.

            "I think just the ovation that he got tonight just shows you what type of guy he is, what type of player he is, what type of teammate he is," Kelly said.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (blister, left middle finger) threw a bullpen session and will make his next start on Wednesday. ... RHP Luke Weaver (right forearm tightness) will have a bullpen session Tuesday and could appear in a simulated game or a rehab game if there are no problems. ... RHP Taijuan Walker (right elbow surgery) will have a bullpen session Tuesday.

            UP NEXT

            Arizona RHP Zac Gallen (3-4, 2.50 ERA), who is one of three NL starters all-time to allow three earned runs or less in his first 13 games, opposes RHP Zack Wheeler (10-7, 4.33).

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