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  • Diamondbacks @ Mets: 09/12 1:10 PM ET; SNY, FS; WCBS, ESPN, KTAR



    GAME 146, HOME GAME 71

    Thursday, 12th September
    1:10 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 Chase Four-Game Sweep of D'backs



    The playoff chase is filled with conflicting emotions. Just ask the New York Mets, who have morphed this week from hopeful to greedy.

    The Mets will look to continue their climb back into the National League wild-card race Thursday afternoon, when they attempt to complete a four-game sweep of the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Right-hander Marcus Stroman (7-13, 3.42 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mets against Diamondbacks rookie left-hander Alex Young (7-3, 3.38 ERA).

    The Mets gained ground again in the wild-card race Wednesday night when Todd Frazier and Jeff McNeil hit two homers apiece in a 9-0 rout of the Diamondbacks.

    By winning the first three games of the series, the Mets (75-70) have surged past the Diamondbacks (75-71) in the wild-card standings. New York and the Philadelphia Phillies are two games behind the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, who are tied for the second wild-card spot.

    Arizona is a half-game behind the Mets and Phillies.

    The Cubs lost their second straight game Wednesday to the San Diego Padres, who earned a 4-0 victory. The Brewers ran their winning streak to six games with a 7-5 win over the Miami Marlins.

    Frazier spoke Tuesday of how awkward it is to have to hope other teams will help the Mets. But now that the Padres and Atlanta Braves, the latter of whom edged the Phillies 3-1 on Wednesday, have offered some assistance, Frazier wants to see an extra edge to his teammates Thursday afternoon.

    "I always tell the guys: Don't ever beg, but always get greedy," Frazier said. "And that's something I learned at a young age. You get two hits, we're not going to beg for three, we're going to get greedy and try to get it.

    "For us, (Thursday's) a huge game. Every game is. But let's not treat it as a sweep. Let's treat it as winning that day. Because now you see a couple teams are winning, a couple teams are losing, it's going up and down. So it's that chess match of not worrying about anything else but worrying about us winning games."

    The Diamondbacks, who won 11 of 12 before falling to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, aren't far removed from being in the position the Mets are enjoying. But now Arizona has to balance the urgency of grinding out must-win games while keeping an eye on how its rivals are faring.

    "We're in the race and it's the middle of September," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "We've earned that right to scoreboard-watch and pay attention to the standings. It shouldn't occupy our thoughts beyond that first or second glance. It's been a rough four games, no doubt about it, but things can change, and we know that."

    Stroman took the loss in his most recent start, when he gave up five runs (four earned) over four innings as the Mets fell to the Phillies 5-0 on Saturday.

    Young was brilliant in a Saturday win, allowing just two hits over eight scoreless innings in the Diamondbacks' 2-0 victory at Cincinnati. He struck out 12 and walked one.

    Stroman is 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA in two career starts against the Diamondbacks, including a June 7 defeat, when he gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings. Young has never opposed the Mets.

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        Top of 1:
        Diamondbacks first. Marte grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Stroman. Rojas singled to right. Escobar flied out to left fielder Davis. Walker grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó, Rojas out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario grounded out, second baseman Escobar to first baseman Walker. Alonso struck out. Canó walked. Davis singled to center, Canó to second. Conforto grounded out, second baseman Escobar to first baseman Walker.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 2:
        Diamondbacks second. Lamb grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Ahmed grounded out, pitcher Stroman unassisted. A.Avila doubled to center. Dyson struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Frazier homered to left on a 1-2 count. Lagares flied out to right fielder Dyson. Nido struck out. Stroman lined out to third baseman Lamb.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 3:
        Diamondbacks third. Young struck out. Marte walked. Rojas grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Canó, Marte out. On Nido's passed ball, Rojas to second. Escobar popped out to shortstop Rosario.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Rosario struck out. Alonso safe at second on throwing error by shortstop Ahmed. Canó grounded out, second baseman Escobar to first baseman Walker, Alonso to third. Davis singled to left, Alonso scored. Conforto singled to center, Davis to third. Frazier walked on a full count, Conforto to second. Lagares homered to left on a full count, Davis scored, Conforto scored, Frazier scored. López pitching. Nido popped out to shortstop Ahmed.
        Runs: 5, Hits: 3

        Top of 4:
        Diamondbacks fourth. Walker grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Lamb grounded out, pitcher Stroman to first baseman Alonso. Ahmed struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Stroman lined out to center fielder Marte. Rosario grounded out, second baseman Escobar to first baseman Walker. Alonso struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Diamondbacks fifth. A.Avila singled to right. Dyson lined out to left fielder Davis. Leyba pinch-hitting for López. Leyba struck out. Marte struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Scott pitching. Canó homered to right on a 1-1 count. Davis flied out to left fielder Rojas. Conforto walked on a full count. Frazier struck out. Sherfy pitching. Lagares homered to right on a 0-1 count, Conforto scored. Nido homered to left on the first pitch. Stroman struck out.
        Runs: 4, Hits: 3

        Top of 6:
        Diamondbacks sixth. Guillorme in as third baseman. Rojas grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. Escobar struck out. Walker walked on four pitches. Lamb grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. A.Almonte in as right fielder. Dyson in as center fielder. Rosario popped out to second baseman Escobar. Alonso struck out. Chafin pitching. Canó grounded out, first baseman Walker unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 7:
        Diamondbacks seventh. Panik in as second baseman. Davis in as left fielder. Ahmed grounded out, third baseman Guillorme to first baseman Alonso. A.Avila walked on a full count. Dyson walked on four pitches, A.Avila to second. Vargas pinch-hitting for Chafin. Vargas doubled to left, A.Avila scored, Dyson to third. Zamora pitching. A.Almonte walked on a full count. Rojas struck out. Mazza pitching. Escobar grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario unassisted, A.Almonte out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Ginkel pitching. Vargas in as shortstop. Davis grounded out, first baseman Walker unassisted. Conforto homered to right on a 1-1 count. Guillorme singled to right. Bradley pitching. Lagares grounded into a double play, third baseman Lamb to second baseman Escobar to first baseman Walker, Guillorme out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 8:
        Diamondbacks eighth. Walker lined out to left fielder Davis. Lamb flied out to center fielder Lagares. Cron pinch-hitting for Bradley. Cron grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Andriese pitching. Cron in as first baseman. Joseph in as catcher. Nido grounded out, shortstop Vargas to first baseman Cron. Mazza grounded out, shortstop Vargas to first baseman Cron. Rosario singled to left. Alonso grounded out, pitcher Andriese to first baseman Cron.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 9:
        Diamondbacks ninth. Joseph grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Dyson was hit by a pitch. Vargas lined out to right fielder Conforto. A.Almonte grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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          Mets Hit Team-Mark 6 Homers, Rout D'backs 11-1 for 4-Game Sweep


          by LARRY FLEISHER

          -- Juan Lagares, Marcus Stroman and the New York Mets kept up their playoff push by pounding the Arizona Diamondbacks.

          Lagares hit his first career grand slam and a two-run shot as the Mets set a team record for homers in a home game by going deep six times, routing Arizona 11-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep.

          The Mets outscored the Diamondbacks 26-4 this week.

          "We just put everything together," manager Mickey Callaway said.

          Boosted by Marcus Stroman's longest start since being acquired from Toronto in July, the Mets won for the ninth time in 13 games. New York is two games back of Milwaukee and Chicago for the second NL wild-card spot.

          The Diamondbacks lost their fifth straight since winning 11 of 12 to get back into the playoff race. Arizona dropped 3 1/2 games behind and held a brief team meeting afterward.

          "We got our butts kicked," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "There's no doubt about it. We didn't pitch well. We didn't hit well and we've to find a way to turn the page, and I think this group will."

          Lagares hit a slam in the third inning and connected again in the fifth, setting a career-high with six RBIs in his first multihomer game.

          It was his third homer in the last 15 at-bats after getting two in his previous 227 at-bats. His big day came in his 24th start since Aug. 1 - early this season, he was mostly out of the lineup.

          "He's an incredible teammate," Mets right fielder Michael Conforto said. "He hasn't gotten a whole lot of playing time. He's taking advantage of every single opportunity he gets."

          Said Callaway: "Another guy that the selflessness pays off."

          "He didn't complain. He didn't get down. He didn't let it affect his work. He just kept on working," he said.

          Conforto hit his 30th homer, Todd Frazier connected for the third time in the series and Robinson Cano and Tomas Nido also went deep. The Mets hit 13 homers in their first four-game sweep of Arizona at home.

          Stroman (8-14) allowed one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six, walked four and took a shutout into the seventh before allowing a double to pinch-hitter Ildemaro Vargas on his last pitch.

          Frazier hit his 21st homer in the second and the Mets took advantage of a throwing error by shortstop Nick Ahmed to score five more in the third off Alex Young (7-4).

          The Mets hit three homers in the fifth and Lagares' second homer made it 9-0.

          Young allowed six runs - one earned - and five hits in a career-low 2 2/3 innings.

          "Things just weren't clicking for us this series," Young said.

          CLOSE SHAVE

          After his third at-bat, Mets rookie Pete Alonso decided to change his appearance, shaving his mustache during the game. He struck out twice and reached on a throwing error before deciding to make a switch.

          "I had very terrible at-bats before," Alonso said. "And so I'm like, all right mustache needs to go. Simple as that."

          After changing his look, Alonso struck out for the third time in the sixth and grounded out in the eighth.

          Alonso hit his major league-leading 46th and 47th homers Monday and ended Thursday hitless in his last 13 at-bats.

          The first baseman said it was not the first time he shaved in the middle of a game, noting: "Oh yeah, baseball players are very superstitious."

          ROBERTO CLEMENTE NOMINEES

          Arizona 2B Eduardo Escobar and Mets LHP Steven Matz were announced as the nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes community service.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (blister left middle finger) remains on track to make his next scheduled start Monday against Miami. Ray allowed five runs and got only two outs on Wednesday after trying to pitch through the blister, which impacted his ability to throw off-speed pitches.

          Mets: OF Dominic Smith (fractured left foot) ran and hit off a tee Wednesday for the first time since going on the injured list July 27.

          UP NEXT

          Diamondbacks: RHP Mike Leake (11-10) tries for his first career victory against his former team in the opener of a three-game series at home with Cincinnati. Leake is 0-5 with a 4.53 ERA in nine career starts for the Reds, whom he played for from 2010-15. RHP Luis Castillo (14-6, 3.21 ERA) starts for Cincinnati.

          Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (10-7, 4.06) opens a three-game series at home against the NL West champion Dodgers and opposes LHP Clayton Kershaw (13-5, 3.06).

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