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.