Mets 8, Diamondbacks 4

Needing a strong start to break out of an ugly slump and head
home on a winning note, the Arizona Diamondbacks got just what they
didn’t want.

David Wright homered twice for New York and the Mets beat
Arizona 8-4 Sunday. New York took a 6-0 lead early behind Wright’s
first shot and the first big league homer of Jason Pridie’s
career.

Armando Galarraga (3-1) was gone after three innings for
Arizona, as were, essentially, the Diamondbacks’ chances.

”It’s never good,” manager Kirk Gibson said. ”We’ve been
struggling scoring runs, so it made it very tough on us. And
Armando didn’t throw the ball like he wanted to. He hung a couple
of sliders. They jumped on those and we made a big error that
really cost us.”

Arizona has dropped four in a row and seven of 10.

Third baseman Ryan Roberts’ throw pulled first baseman Xavier
Nady off the bag toward home on Wright’s leadoff grounder in the
third. He came home on a sacrifice fly by Josh Thole before
Pridie’s three-run shot to right field.

In the fourth, Wright piled on against reliever Josh Collmenter
with a high, arcing shot down the left-field line – ”I thought it
was foul,” he said – that barely got over the fence and to the
right of the pole.

Wright’s first homer looked good right off the bat.

The victory gave the Mets a four-game winning streak, their
first since Sept. 13-16. Jonathon Niese (1-3) pitched seven innings
for his first win of the year.

Stephen Drew drove in two runs with a single and a double, but
Chris Young went 0 for 4 for Arizona.

”Stephen’s the only guy,” hitting, Gibson said. ”He’s been
solid for us. I like C.Y. I don’t think that he’s that far off for
us, to be honest with you, but hasn’t had good results this whole
trip.”

Young went 2 for 25 in Arizona’s last six, in Cincinnati and New
York.

”I’m seeing the ball great. I’m just missing. Just getting
under the ball a little bit,” Young said. ”But Citi Field, by no
means, is forgiving at all.”

When this series began, the Mets had just avoided a sweep by the
miserable Houston Astros. Now they’ll go to Washington and
Philadelphia with their first real taste of success this
season.

”We came in here, the Mets were struggling,” Gibson said.
”They were having trouble with men in scoring position. We were 2
for 14 today, so we had our opportunities, but we’ve just got to
keep fighting through it, keep getting guys on base and trying to
put good swings in those situations.”

Galarraga only was charged with two of the six runs that
happened on his watch. He struck out five, walked four and added a
balk in the second inning – Arizona’s second balk in two days.

”It was a bad game, no more to say,” Galarraga said. ”Ready
for next start. I know I had a bad game. Location was not good.
That was it.”

Niese was sharp enough that he didn’t need all the offense. In
seven innings, the left-hander gave up six hits and three runs, two
earned.

Two of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on groundouts, including one
by Young.

”After a tough road trip, getting home and getting back to your
comfort zone is always nice,” Young said. ”You know it’s a new
series and a new week.”

Notes: Arizona RHP Ian Kennedy’s first child was born early
Sunday morning, daughter Nora Rose. … A day after Roberts made a
nifty grab of a foul pop while hanging over the dugout railing in
the first inning, he had a chance to do it again. This time, the
ball popped out of his glove. … Wright stole second in the
eighth, apparently catching the Diamondbacks by surprise while they
were down four runs. … The Mets last sweep of Arizona in New York
was in 2000. … Mets RF Carlos Beltran turned 34. … Roberts also
grounded out to bring home a run.