Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Diamondbacks homer 3 times in 8th, beat skidding Mets 7-3

Diamondbacks homer 3 times in 8th, beat skidding Mets 7-3

Arizona Diamondbacks Yasmany Tomas (24) celebrates after hitting a two RBI home run against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Phoenix. Of some concern for NY is the recent performance of reliever Hansel Robles, who was rocked for five runs on four hits, two of those home runs, in two-thirds of an inning Monday. But Yasmany Tomas smashed a three-run homer before Jeff Mathis connected for a two-run blast against Robles later in the inning. Tomas now has an.814 OPS with seven homers and 27 RBI in 34 games this season for the Diamondbacks. May.

"I let up some hard-hit balls", said Wheeler, who averaged 95 miles per hour with his fastball and threw 108 pitches, his most since coming back. The Mets allowed seven runs in Monday's loss and five or more runs in 11 of their last 14 games.

Neil Walker's two-out double in the eighth - his team's second hit of the night - put the Mets in position to take the lead before Jorge De La Rosa struck out Lucas Duda on three pitches. The performance was a second straight positive for Wheeler, who allowed one run on two hits over six innings to beat the Giants in his previous start.

Jake Lamb also went deep for the Diamondbacks.

Pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores connected for a two-run homer in the ninth for NY. "But I battled through some tough innings with walks, and the defense played outstanding behind me again". The 26-year-old Georgia native has allowed just one earned run in three of his last four starts and is holding opponents to a.210 batting average overall.

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Zack Wheeler allowed just one run in six-plus innings.

New York's first run came after Jose Reyes and Curtis Granderson drew one-out walks in the second. Catcher Rene Rivera has a career high nine-game hitting streak.

Arizona finally broke through when Lamb led off the seventh with an opposite-field home run, hitting Wheeler's 2-0 pitch over the left-center wall to tie it at 1. He popped out to center as a pinch hitter in the seventh.

Mets: SS Asdrubal Cabrera wasn't in the lineup and could be headed for the disabled list with a left thumb injury. No timetable was set for his return, but Pollock said it "is not a significant injury by any means". Arizona OF David Peralta (glute tightness) did not start on Monday but came off the bench to pinch-hit after being removed from Sunday's game as a precaution. The Mets are weighing whether to skip Robert Gsellman's next turn in the rotation, a move made possible by Thursday's team day off. Gsellman has a 7.07 ERA in eight games. Arizona (22-18) goes into its second game without table-setting leadoff man A.J. Milone will make his second start for NY after being claimed off waivers from Milwaukee.

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