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  • Diamondbacks @ Mets: 09/11 7:10 PM ET; SNY, FS; WCBS, ESPN, KTAR



    GAME 145, HOME GAME 70



    Wednesday, 11th 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 Battle Each Other for Wild Card Survival



    The task facing the host New York Mets isn't any different after opening a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a pair of wins. But now both teams are feeling the desperation of trying to stay in the National League wild-card race.

    Steven Matz (9-8, 4.00 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mets on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray (12-7, 4.03 ERA) in a battle of left-handers.

    The Mets gained ground in the wild-card race with a 3-2 win Tuesday night, making the Diamondbacks' path to the postseason more difficult.

    Todd Frazier had all three RBIs for the Mets, who hung on for the victory when Justin Wilson recorded the final out by whiffing Wilmer Flores with the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position.

    The Mets are familiar with what Flores can do in the clutch after he had a franchise-record 10 walk-off RBIs when he played for the Mets from 2013-18.

    The save was just the second of the season for Wilson, who was asked to get the final four outs because the Mets' only other reliable reliever, Seth Lugo, was unavailable after recording a six-out save Monday in New York's 3-1 win.

    "I kind of feel right now (that) we have to win that day and we'll do anything to do that," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said afterward. "There could be a scenario (Wednesday) where Wilson and Lugo aren't available. But we won two games, and that's what it's about."

    The victory allowed the Mets (74-70) to move within three games of the Chicago Cubs in the race for the second NL wild card. The Cubs fell to the San Diego Padres 9-8 in 10 innings.

    The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, took a third straight loss, leaving them in almost as precarious a position as the Mets. Arizona (75-70) remained 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs and just a half-game ahead of the Mets.

    The Diamondbacks, who have scored just six runs in the past three games, also trail the Milwaukee Brewers (76-68) and the Philadelphia Phillies (75-69) in the race for the second wild card.

    "This is the crunch time part of the year, and it's like playoff baseball," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said afterward. "Their guy just got up there at the right time and drove in all three runs in the right situation, and we unfortunately didn't get the big hit in the same types of situations."

    Neither Matz nor Ray factored into the decision in their most recent starts last Friday. Matz gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Mets beat the Phillies 5-4. Ray allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings in the Diamondbacks' 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

    Matz is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in four career starts against the Diamondbacks. Ray is 2-0 with an 0.82 ERA in four starts against the Mets.

    New York will hope for a bounce-back performance from two of its top hitters on Wednesday. Leadoff man Jeff McNeil, one of the NL's leading hitters with a .322 average, and rookie Pete Alonso, the major league leader with 47 homers, both went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Tuesday.

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        Top of 1:
        Diamondbacks first. Locastro was hit by a pitch. Marte lined out to right fielder Nimmo. Escobar lined out to left fielder Davis. Walker grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario doubled to left. Alonso struck out. McNeil was hit by a pitch. Rosario stole third, McNeil stole second. Ramos grounded out, second baseman Flores to first baseman Walker, Rosario scored, McNeil to third. Davis singled to left, McNeil scored. Frazier homered to center on a 2-1 count, Davis scored. Nimmo homered to right on the first pitch. Lagares doubled to center. Andriese pitching. On Andriese's wild pitch, Lagares to third. Matz popped out to second baseman Flores.
        Runs: 5, Hits: 5

        Top of 2:
        Diamondbacks second. Flores walked on a full count. A.Jones walked on a full count, Flores to second. Ahmed walked on a full count, Flores to third, A.Jones to second. Kelly struck out. Cron pinch-hitting for Andriese. Cron grounded into a double play, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso, A.Jones out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Clarke pitching. Rosario flied out to right fielder A.Jones. Alonso fouled out to first baseman Walker. McNeil homered to right on the first pitch. Ramos grounded out, second baseman Flores to first baseman Walker.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 3:
        Diamondbacks third. Locastro struck out. Marte doubled to center. Escobar grounded out, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso, Marte to third. Walker struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Davis struck out. Frazier homered to right on the first pitch. Nimmo grounded out, shortstop Ahmed to first baseman Walker. Lagares fouled out to first baseman Walker.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Diamondbacks fourth. Flores struck out. A.Jones struck out. Ahmed grounded out, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Matz lined out to left fielder Locastro. Rosario struck out. Alonso walked on a full count. McNeil doubled to right, Alonso to third. Ramos struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 5:
        Diamondbacks fifth. Kelly flied out to center fielder Lagares. Clarke struck out. Locastro doubled to left. Marte grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Davis grounded out, third baseman Escobar to first baseman Walker. Frazier flied out to left fielder Locastro. Nimmo walked on a full count. Lagares popped out to third baseman Escobar.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 6:
        Diamondbacks sixth. Escobar singled to right. Walker grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to second baseman McNeil, Escobar out. Flores singled to center, Walker to second. A.Jones struck out. Ahmed grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman McNeil, Flores out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Hirano pitching. Lowrie pinch-hitting for Matz. Lowrie grounded out, shortstop Ahmed to first baseman Walker. Rosario walked. Alonso grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Escobar to second baseman Flores, Rosario out. McNeil homered to right on the first pitch, Alonso scored. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Ahmed to first baseman Walker.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 1

        Top of 7:
        Diamondbacks seventh. Familia pitching. Guillorme in as shortstop. Kelly struck out. Lamb pinch-hitting for Hirano. Lamb singled to right. Locastro fouled out to third baseman Frazier. Vargas pinch-hitting for Marte. Vargas hit an infield single to second, Lamb to second. A.Almonte pinch-hitting for Escobar. A.Almonte grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Duplantier pitching. Vargas in as shortstop. A.Almonte in as center fielder. Rojas in as left fielder. Leyba in as third baseman. Joseph in as catcher. Lamb in as first baseman. Davis doubled to center. Frazier lined out to right fielder A.Jones. Nimmo singled to left, Davis to third. Lagares grounded into a double play, shortstop Vargas to first baseman Lamb, Nimmo out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Top of 8:
        Diamondbacks eighth. Sewald pitching. Panik in as second baseman. McNeil in as third baseman. R.Rivera in as catcher. Davis in as left fielder. Frazier in as first baseman. Leyba flied out to center fielder Lagares. Flores flied out to right fielder Nimmo. A.Jones struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Guillorme lined out to third baseman Leyba. Haggerty pinch-hitting for Sewald. Haggerty struck out. Panik walked on a full count. McNeil flied out to center fielder A.Almonte.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Diamondbacks ninth. Bashlor pitching. Rojas lined out to center fielder Lagares. Joseph singled to center. Lamb walked, Joseph to second. Dyson pinch-hitting for Duplantier. Dyson lined out to right fielder Nimmo. Vargas grounded out, first baseman Frazier unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

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          Frazier, McNeil Hit 2 Homers Each, Mets Thump D'backs 9-0


          by JERRY BEACH

          -- The Mets have had a topsy-turvy season, and nobody has better represented that than streaky slugger Todd Frazier.

          Frazier is back on fire, and so is New York. Frazier and Jeff McNeil each homered twice, helping the surging Mets stun Diamondbacks ace Robbie Ray and beat Arizona 9-0.

          "He doesn't let things affect him, he cares about winning first and foremost," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "He's a pro's pro and he's one of our leaders. And when he's going good, we are a really, really good team."

          The Mets (75-70) have won the first three games of the pivotal four-game series to move past the Diamondbacks (75-71) in the race for the second NL wild card. New York entered Wednesday three games behind the Chicago Cubs, who played later at San Diego.

          Arizona has lost four straight since going 11-1 to rush back into the crowded NL playoff picture.

          The winning streak is just the latest twist in a roller coaster season for New York, which entered the All-Star break tied for the second-worst record in the NL but roared back into contention by going 15-1 from July 25 through Aug 10.

          No player has gone through more peaks and valleys than Frazier, who didn't make his season debut until April 22 due to a left oblique injury and whose slumps endangered his playing time.

          The 33-year-old is heating back up at just the right time.

          "That's kind of the makeup of our team," Callaway said. "And usually, your team takes on the makeup of their leaders. And he's one of our leaders."

          Frazier had two doubles and three RBIs in a 3-1 win Tuesday night and followed it with his second multihomer game of the season.

          His two-run homer helped fuel a five-run first inning against starter Robbie Ray (12-8). In the third, Frazier reached the 20-homer mark for the fourth time with a solo shot.

          "When I was younger, I kind of leaned on the guys that have been there before," Frazier said. "When the lows get real low, what are you supposed to do? Hit more? Hit less? It's trying to find that happy medium."

          Wilson Ramos (groundout) and J.D. Davis (single) had two-out RBIs in the first before Frazier and Brandon Nimmo homered on consecutive pitches. Juan Lagares doubled to end the night for Ray, who had a blister on his left middle finger open up during his bullpen. Ray was pulled from his previous start Saturday due to a blister.

          "The protective layer of skin tore off and just created a different dynamic and a different feel for him," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "He tried to gut it out and you could see he just didn't have the finish on certain pitches. And they took advantage of that."

          Lovullo said he was confident Ray would not miss a turn in the rotation.

          "Shortest outing of my career," Ray said. "It's definitely weird."

          Jeff McNeil also hit two homers - a solo shot in the second and a two-run drive in the sixth - to join Frazier in the Mets' 20-homer club, which numbers a record-tying four. Pete Alonso leads the majors with 47, and Michael Conforto has 29. New York previously had four players hit 20 homers in 1987, 2000 and 2016.

          Steven Matz (10-8) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out seven over six innings. He issued all three walks to open the second before striking Carson Kelly and inducing a double play grounder from pinch-hitter Kevin Cron.

          "That kind of deflated us," Lovullo said. "We just couldn't execute and get it done."

          REMEMBERING 9/11

          Alonso coordinated the purchase and production of custom 9/11 cleats for Mets players on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The shoes were painted red, white and blue and included "We will never forget" and lettering for first responder units. After winning the All-Star Home Run Derby in July, Alonso donated $50,000 of his $1 million prize to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

          The clubs also wore first responder hats during batting practice, then lined up on their respective baselines alongside firefighters, police and EMTs prior to the national anthem.

          Prior to first pitch, children who lost parents or grandparents to 9/11-related illnesses ran to each position before being joined by the Mets' starters. Alonso gave baseballs to the two children at first base while Amed Rosario went to one knee at shortstop to talk to the children there.

          The Mets ended the game with nine runs on 11 hits.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (right flexor strain) is scheduled to throw 35 pitches or two innings for Class A Visalia in a playoff game Friday. Weaver hasn't pitched for Arizona since May 26.

          Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman (lat) played long toss Wednesday and holds out hope he can return this season.

          UP NEXT

          Diamondbacks: LHP Alex Young (7-3, 3.38 ERA) is coming off the best start of his rookie season when he gave up two hits and struck out 12 over eight innings in a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

          Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman (7-13, 3.42 ERA) has recorded just one quality start in seven tries for the Mets, who acquired him from Toronto on July 28.

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