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



    GAME 144, HOME GAME 69

    Tuesday, 10th 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, D'backs to Duel Again in Tight Wild Card Race



    Thanks to their big three of Jacob deGrom, Seth Lugo and Pete Alonso, the New York Mets managed on Monday to maintain their fleeting playoff hopes for at least one more night while putting a dent into the aspirations of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    But the good news for the Diamondbacks is they only have to worry about one of the Mets' trio on Tuesday night.

    The Mets and Diamondbacks will both be looking to gain ground in the National League wild-card race Tuesday, when they meet in New York in the second game of a pivotal four-game series.

    Zac Gallen (3-4, 2.50 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Diamondbacks against the Mets' Zack Wheeler (10-7, 4.33) in a battle of right-handers.

    The Mets snapped a two-game losing streak Monday, when Alonso hit two solo home runs, giving him 47 homers for the season to break a tie with Mike Trout for most in the majors.

    Meanwhile, deGrom allowed just three hits in seven innings, before Lugo retired all six batters he faced to close out a 3-1 victory.

    The Mets (73-70) remained four games behind the Chicago Cubs in the race for the second NL wild card, while making the path to the postseason more difficult for the Diamondbacks (75-69), who are 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs, who defeated the Padres on Monday night.

    "I just want to make the playoffs," Alonso said. "I still think making the playoffs would be the most rewarding experience ever."

    The Mets were tied for the second-worst record in the NL at the All-Star break before surging into wild-card contention by winning 15 of 16 games from July 25 through Aug. 10.

    "I think that from where we've come so far this year, to be able to make it and have a chance to play for a ring, I think that would surpass any personal records," Alonso said.

    It was the second straight defeat for the Diamondbacks, who also dropped behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the wild-card standings. The Brewers defeated the Miami Marlins on Monday.

    "It was just a little too much deGrom, and sometimes that happens," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

    The loss was just the third in the last 14 games for the Diamondbacks, who were under .500 as recently as Aug. 25. But chances are Arizona won't have to deal with Lugo, who has pitched on back-to-back days only five times this season and never after a game in which he threw more than one inning.

    "We've got to turn the page and learn from it and make sure we're ready for a better baseball game tomorrow," Lovullo said.

    Both Wheeler and Gallen earned wins in their most recent starts last Wednesday.

    Wheeler allowed one run over five innings as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 8-4. Gallen had the best start of his rookie season as he surrendered just one hit over seven scoreless innings in the Diamondbacks' 4-1 victory over the Padres.

    Wheeler is 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA in six career starts against the Diamondbacks. Gallen didn't factor into the decision in his lone start against the Mets on July 13, when, as a member of the Miami Marlins, he allowed two runs over five innings in Miami's 4-2 loss.

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        Top of 1:
        Diamondbacks first. Marte singled to center. Flores popped out to second baseman Canó. Marte stole second. Escobar singled to center, Marte scored. Walker struck out. Rojas struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. McNeil struck out. Alonso struck out. Conforto doubled to right. Ramos grounded out, first baseman Walker unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 2:
        Diamondbacks second. A.Jones grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Ahmed struck out. A.Avila lined out to center fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Canó singled to right. Rosario walked on four pitches, Canó to second. Nimmo struck out. Frazier doubled to left, Canó scored, Rosario scored. Wheeler flied out to center fielder Marte, Frazier to third. McNeil struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Top of 3:
        Diamondbacks third. Gallen struck out. Marte doubled to right. Flores grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Marte to third. Escobar grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

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

        Top of 4:
        Diamondbacks fourth. Walker singled to center. Rojas grounded into a double play, second baseman Canó to shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso, Walker out. A.Jones singled to center. Ahmed singled to right, A.Jones to second. A.Avila struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Canó doubled to center. Rosario lined out to left fielder Rojas. Nimmo walked on a full count. Frazier doubled to center, Canó scored, Nimmo to third. Wheeler grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Escobar to catcher A.Avila, Nimmo out, Frazier to third. McNeil struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 5:
        Diamondbacks fifth. Gallen struck out. Marte walked on a full count. Flores grounded into a double play, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Marte out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Alonso struck out. Conforto struck out. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Escobar to first baseman Walker.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 6:
        Diamondbacks sixth. Escobar flied out to right fielder Conforto. Walker popped out to right fielder Conforto. Rojas walked on four pitches. A.Jones grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Canó struck out. Rosario flied out to left fielder Rojas. Nimmo grounded out, second baseman Flores to first baseman Walker.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 7:
        Diamondbacks seventh. Ahmed grounded out, pitcher Wheeler to first baseman Alonso. A.Avila struck out. Lamb pinch-hitting for Gallen. Lamb singled to center. Marte flied out to left fielder McNeil.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Sherfy pitching. Frazier struck out. Guillorme pinch-hitting for Wheeler. Guillorme grounded out, third baseman Escobar to first baseman Walker. McFarland pitching. McNeil flied out to right fielder A.Jones.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Diamondbacks eighth. Brach pitching. Flores grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Escobar homered to center on a 0-2 count. Walker flied out to center fielder Nimmo. J.Wilson pitching. Rojas walked. Rojas stole second. A.Jones grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Crichton pitching. Alonso grounded out, pitcher Crichton to first baseman Walker. Conforto struck out. Ramos struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Diamondbacks ninth. Lagares in as center fielder. Ahmed singled to center. Kelly pinch-hitting for A.Avila. Kelly grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted, Ahmed to second. Cron pinch-hitting for Crichton. Cron singled to left, Ahmed to third. Locastro pinch-running for Cron. Marte grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted, Locastro to second. Flores struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

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          Wilson Backs Wheeler, Closes Out Mets' 3-2 Win Over D'backs


          by JAKE SEINER

          -- Justin Wilson watched Mets first baseman Pete Alonso dive for Ketel Marte's line drive and thought maybe the game was over. Then Alonso smothered the ball, and nobody at Citi Field was sure what the Polar Bear would do next.

          "Your mind goes a mile a minute in that situation," third baseman Todd Frazier said.

          On days when closer Seth Lugo can't pitch, New York will take its saves any way it can.

          Zack Wheeler pitched one-run ball over seven innings, Wilson navigated four difficult outs for his first save since April and the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Tuesday night.

          New York has taken the first two games in this key four-game set between NL playoff contenders. Arizona had won 11 of 14 and opened the day 2 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card.

          Frazier drove a pair of run-scoring doubles for the Mets, who began the day four games behind the Cubs.

          "Right now, we have to win that day," manager Mickey Callaway said. "We'll do anything to do that."

          With Lugo unavailable after a two-out save Monday, Wilson got his first save try since April 2, when he recorded five outs to finish off Miami. The left-hander allowed two singles in the ninth before Marte hit a one-out rocket toward Alonso, who knocked the ball down, stepped on first, disregarded the runner heading for second and instead tried to back-pick the lead man at third.

          His throw there was too late, leaving Wilson to face Wilmer Flores - a former Met who holds the record for walk-off hits at Citi Field. Wilson struck him out to wrap up his second save.

          "Everybody was thinking it would be a great story and a great ending, but it wasn't," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

          Callaway commended Alonso's decision to throw to third, preventing that runner from scoring the tying run. Frazier said Alonso should have tried to tag the runner at first before stepping on the bag, but he was glad the throw came his way, too.

          Former Mets closer Edwin Diaz was warming in the bullpen during the ninth but did not pitch after a pair of stunning blown saves last week, including a week ago in Washington when his meltdown capped the Nationals' seven-run ninth inning rally.

          Callaway cited those struggles as the reason Wilson was asked for four outs, even on a day when the veteran lefty didn't have his best stuff.

          "He just kind of willed that game, that save," Callaway said.

          Diamondbacks rookie Zac Gallen (3-5) pitched three-run ball over six innings, becoming the second NL pitcher to begin his career with 14 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer. Montreal's Steve Rogers had 18 such consecutive outings in 1973.

          Eduardo Escobar homered off reliever Brad Brach and drove in two for Arizona. He has 112 RBIs.

          Wheeler (11-7) struck out seven and allowed seven hits and two walks. The right-hander, set to become a free agent after the season, has a 1.50 ERA over his past three starts.

          Gallen struck out nine, including three each against All-Stars Jeff McNeil and Alonso atop the Mets batting order. Gallen is the first pitcher to strike out McNeil three times in a game. He has a 2.66 ERA this season.

          "I thought he was fantastic outside of a mistake or two," Lovullo said. "He was pounding the zone."

          BIG CITY DRAMA

          Before the game, Mets starter Noah Syndergaard said it was "unfortunate" his complaints to New York's front office and coaching staff about catcher Wilson Ramos were made public and denied any role in leaking the conversations. He said he would be fine with pitching to Ramos going forward. The New York Post reported on Syndergaard's frustrations Monday.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (Tommy John surgery) threw a 14-pitch bullpen. He's hoping to throw an inning for Arizona before the end of the season, but manager Torey Lovullo was uncertain if that would be possible. ... RHP Luke Weaver (right forearm tightness) threw a bullpen and felt good. The team hasn't decided if he'll need another before returning to game action.

          Mets: New York recalled RHP Chris Mazza from Triple-A Syracuse.

          UP NEXT

          Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray (12-7, 4.03) hasn't lost a start since July 28. He's been dealing with a blister on his left middle finger but felt good to go after a bullpen Monday. He'll face Mets left-hander Steven Matz (9-8, 4.00), who has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six straight starts.

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