Mets 8, Diamondbacks 4

David Wright and the New York Mets were sorry to see this

homestand end.

Wright homered twice and Jason Pridie hit the first home run of

his major league career in the Mets’ 8-4 win Sunday over the

Arizona Diamondbacks.

Wright has hit three homers in the past four games, all Mets

victories on a successful six-game stay at Citi Field that has

reversed a dim start to the season.

”It was a good homestand for us,” Wright said. ”We got the

4-2 record kind of a weird way.”

Jonathon Niese (1-3) pitched seven innings for his first win of

the year. Armando Galarraga (3-1) was gone after three innings for

Arizona.

”We’ll go as far as our starting pitching carries us,” Wright

said. ”I think it all starts and ends with starting

pitching.”

Ike Davis hit an RBI single in the fourth to extend his hitting

streak to seven games. He struck out with the bases loaded in the

eighth. By then the only real drama was whether he’d homer for the

fourth straight game.

Stephen Drew drove in two runs, but Chris Young went 0 for 4 for

the Diamondbacks, dropping him to 2 for 25 on their six-game road

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

”Stephen’s the only guy,” Arizona manager Kirk 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.”

When this series began, the Mets had just avoided a sweep by the

last-place Houston Astros. Now they’ll go to Washington and

Philadelphia with their first real taste of success this

season.

”It’s really good,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. ”I think

the brightest sign has been our starting pitching. It’s really

stepped up here and gotten us to where we need to get to. I think

you see a difference in the bullpen where they can just pitch to

certain guys. I think it makes everyone more comfortable.”

On their first homestand of the season, Mets won three in a row,

but blew a lead against Washington. Collins said that was the

catalyst for a six-game skid – to get out of it, he used starters

Chris Capuano and R.A. Dickey in relief in the last game at Atlanta

before this homestand.

Since then, New York is 4-2 – though it has come against a pair

of unspectacular teams.

Galarraga only was charged with two of the six runs that

happened on his watch, keeping his ERA stuck at an even 6.00. He

struck out five, walked four and added a balk in the second inning

– Arizona’s second balk in two days.

Third baseman Ryan Roberts’ throwing error opened the door for

the Mets in the third.

He pulled first baseman Xavier Nady off the bag toward home on

Wright’s leadoff grounder to third. Wright came home on a sacrifice

fly by Josh Thole before Pridie’s three-run shot to right

field.

”I was trying to hold back a smile as I rounded the bases,”

Pridie said.

In the fourth, Wright piled on against reliever Josh Collmenter

with a high, arcing shot down the left-field line that just barely

got over the fence and to the right of the pole.

”I thought it was foul,” Wright said. ”Usually when you pull

it, it hooks a little bit.”

His first homer, which put New York up 2-0 in the first, was a

hard liner that looked good right off the bat. Wright’s last

multihomer game was Sept. 12, 2009, at Philadelphia.

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. He struggled in his first three starts. Collins and

pitching coach Dan Warthen spoke to Niese about his pace on the

mound.

”Rushing is probably a good word” to describe his problems in

the first three starts, Niese said. ”I thought I’d take my time

today.”

Two of the Diamondbacks’ runs came on groundouts. The other two

came on Drew’s single in the sixth and double in the eighth.

NOTES: After the game, the Mets optioned RHP D.J. Carrasco to

Triple-A Buffalo. GM Sandy Alderson says they expect to activate

LHP Chris Young from the 15-day DL on Tuesday. He added that C

Ronny Paulino may not return from the DL on April 26. He has

anemia, but he also experienced tightness in an oblique while

rehabbing. … It was gloriously sunny and 75 degrees at the first

pitch – the first really nice day of the year at Citi Field. But

the attendance of 22,232 was the lowest ever at the ballpark on a

Saturday or Sunday, according to STATS LLC. … The Mets last won

four straight Sept. 13-16. … 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. … The player with the lowest odd number on the Diamondbacks

roster is Kennedy, with 31.