D-backs overcome Davis’ 3 HRs to beat Mets 6-3

Ian Kennedy focused more on Arizona’s victory than the three

home runs he gave up to one hitter.

Kennedy pitched into the seventh inning to extend his recent run

of good starts and the Diamondbacks overcame Ike Davis’ three

homers in a 6-3 win over the skidding New York Mets on Saturday

night.

”Erase him out of the lineup and I would have done maybe a lot

better,” Kennedy said. ”But we won and that’s the important

thing.”

Miguel Montero homered, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs

for third-place Arizona (51-50), which has won eight of 11 to move

within 4 1/2 games of NL West-leading San Francisco. Gerardo Parra

added three hits and two RBIs.

New York managed nothing on offense besides Davis’ solo shots

and lost for the 14th time in 16 games. After an encouraging first

half, the Mets are 5-17 in July.

”It’s bittersweet, for sure,” Davis said.

Davis connected in his first three at-bats, all against Kennedy.

The first baseman added a single in the eighth and finished 4 for

4, raising his batting average to .216. He was on deck when J.J.

Putz struck out David Wright with two on for his 19th save in 22

chances.

A former Arizona State star from nearby Scottsdale, Davis became

the ninth Mets player to hit three homers in a game – all on the

road. Carlos Beltran was the last to do it on May 12, 2011, at

Colorado.

”It is a positive thing, but obviously I don’t want to hit .216

for my career,” Davis said. ”I want to get base hits, too, and

not just home runs. If I am hitting just home runs, at least I am

helping the team in that way.”

Davis leads the Mets with a career-high 20 home runs this

season. He has three career multihomer games.

He homered to straightaway center field in the second and

fourth, both well above the yellow line on the backdrop for the

batter’s eye – one of the deepest parts of Chase Field.

”I even hung a curveball to try something different. I threw

good ones and he fouled them off,” Kennedy said. ”I hung one and

it still didn’t make a difference. It was just jaw-dropping. I

guess he made SportsCenter.”

Davis pulled a drive down the right-field line in the sixth,

making him the seventh major leaguer to go deep at least three

times in a game this season.

With a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a

game, Davis singled to right field in the eighth inning against

David Hernandez.

”It’s still not where I want to be, but it’s definitely getting

better,” Davis said.

Kennedy (9-8) said his command has been better in his past three

starts, a key to his success. He allowed seven hits in 6 1-3

innings while striking out nine. His streak of 85 straight batters

faced without a walk ended with a fifth-inning pass to Ruben

Tejada.

The Diamondbacks got a run in the first after Parra singled,

then beat the throw home on a double to left-center by Aaron

Hill.

Davis tied it in the second with his first home run. Arizona

responded with recent call-up Ryan Wheeler’s first extra-base hit,

a double to right-center to drive in Montero and give the

Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead.

Parra singled in Wheeler with two outs, but was caught too far

off first base on the cutoff throw and was tagged out.

The inning featured a tough defensive play by Tejada, who slid

under Wright in foul territory down the left-field line to catch a

popup.

Montero’s fourth-inning homer, his 11th of the season, was a

two-run shot that gave the Diamondbacks a 5-2 lead.

”He’s been swinging the bat good. I gave him the day off the

other day to try to keep him fresh,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk

Gibson said. ”Guy kind of threw a breaking ball, (he) went down

and got it.”

Parra’s two-out single drove in Wheeler after a walk and a

sacrifice.

Davis led off the sixth with his third home run of the game, a

line drive over the fence near the right-field corner.

Mets starter Chris Young (2-5) lasted four innings, his

second-shortest outing of the season. He allowed six runs on seven

hits and threw 68 pitches.

New York put runners at the corners with one out in the eighth,

but Hernandez got out of it. Putz whiffed pinch-hitter Scott

Hairston and Wright with two on to end it.

”We haven’t been able to come up with some offense,” Mets

manager Terry Collins said. ”Today, 15 strikeouts. That is not how

we swing the bat.”

NOTES: Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton has eight home runs after

hitting 31 last season. Asked about the power drought, Gibson said

Upton might have a timing issue, adding that he’s also been a more

selective hitter this season. Upton is waiting on more off-speed

pitches and looking to make contact more than hitting for power,

Gibson believes. ”He’s not that far off,” the manager said. …

Gibson said he hasn’t spoken with general manager Kevin Towers

since the Diamondbacks traded INF Ryan Roberts on Tuesday, and

while noting that Towers is always busy and ”when he’s around me,

his phone rings all the time,” no deal seems imminent with

Tuesday’s trade deadline approaching. … Mets CF Andres Torres,

who entered in the fifth, made a running catch with his back to the

infield in deep center field in the seventh, stealing a hit away

from Parra.