Monday night's 10-inning victory gave the D-backs (68-57) at least a temporary reprieve from their recent bad fortune. They climbed within a half-game of Colorado for the first NL wild-card spot and, coupled with a Milwaukee loss at San Francisco, moved 3 1/2 games up on the Brewers for the second spot.
"It's one of those moments when the team just fights and fights and fights and fights," manager Torey Lovullo said after his team pulled out just its fifth win in the last 16 games.
They are 4-0 against the Mets (54-69) this season and 9-1 over their last 10 meetings. The Mets, meanwhile, have lost seven of eight and are 15 games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 28, 2014.
D-backs starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (10-11, 4.25 ERA)
Corbin is working on a streak of 15 2/3 scoreless innings. He came within one out of his first career shutout last Thursday against the Astros, limiting the best-hitting team in baseball to four hits over 8 2/3 innings. In the process, he's lowered his ERA from 4.76 to 4.25.
That followed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Cubs. A win today would give him victories in three consecutive starts for the first time since July of 2013.
"Just started feeling good and just really focusing in on my bullpens and making sure my arm's ready to go every fifth day," Corbin told Fox Sports Arizona following the win in Houston. "I feel good right now."
Corbin is 0-3 with a 6.04 ERA in six career appearances (five starts) against the Mets. He did not factor in the decision on May 17 at Chase Field, giving up four earned runs in six innings of a 5-4 extra-inning victory.
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Mets starting pitcher Tommy Milone (1-2, 7.91 ERA)
Milone, 30, was called up from Double-A Binghampton to take Steven Matz's place in the Mets' rotation. Matz, who was 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA in his last eight starts, will need season-ending elbow surgery on his pitching arm.
Milone was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in five minor-league starts. His last major-league start came on May 21, when he gave up eight runs (seven earned) in 1 1/3 innings in a 12-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. He started against the D-backs in Phoenix on May 16 and took the loss, giving up six hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings.
The D-backs' offense has managed just 28 runs in its past nine games -- with a high of five runs during that stretch -- but this would seem to be a good opportunity to bust out. Milone has coughed up 11 home runs in 33 innings this season at the big-league level, and another eight homers in 20 innings at Double-A. Paul Goldschmidt is one D-back due for a breakout. He's hitless over 11 at-bats in his last three games.
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That's big league, kid
Jimmie Sherfy, the D-backs 10th-round draft pick in 2013 out of Oregon, is likely to get the day off after pitching in the last two games, but he's already made quite an impression in his two days in uniform.
He's faced six batters and retired all six, including three strikeouts. He got the win in Monday's game.
Sherfy had 17 saves in 41 games at Reno before being called up this weekend.
"He's on the attack, he's got a three-pitch mix, and he's got a great heartbeat," manager Torey Lovullo said. "He doesn't get glossy-eyed in the big situation."
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