The New York Mets got some lift on the ball while facing the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Josh Collmenter on Sunday afternoon.
Curtis Granderson set the tone for the Mets with a leadoff home run to right, but Arizona quickly got a lead of its own with two runs in the bottom of the first, just one of which was earned against Mets starter Jacob deGrom.
Eric Campbell hit a two-run smash off Collmenter the following inning to get New York back on top, and the visitors never surrendered the lead from there.
Not only did Collmenter allow a career-worst four home runs on the day, two of which were by Granderson, but 11 of the starter’s 18 outs were via fly balls, and only six were groundouts.
DeGrom and two Mets relievers combined to hold the Diamondbacks to five hits, and the road team took the series finale 6-3, finishing the four-game set 2-2. DeGrom struck out 10 in seven innings and improved to 7-4, while the Mets bumped their record to 31-27.
Collmenter (3-6) is on a personal three-game losing streak, and the Diamondbacks failed in their bid to reach .500, falling to 27-29.
Arizona will hit the road for an eight-game road trip that starts in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Monday. The Mets return home Tuesday to begin a three-game matchup with the San Francisco Giants.
Here’s a look at the Mets-Diamondbacks series finale, by the numbers:
In his first full game since April 18, third baseman Jake Lamb went 0-for-4 at the plate with one strikeout. The second-year pro was batting .414 before being sidelined with a left foot injury, but is now .353 after going hitless in five at-bats since his return from the disabled list.
Reliever David Hernandez made his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list Sunday morning.
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The right-hander hadn’t been on a major league hill since Sept. 29, 2013, as he underwent Tommy John surgery around the start of the 2014 campaign. The 30-year-old Hernandez went one scoreless inning Sunday, walking one and striking out one in 15 pitches.
Granderson’s homer to lead off the game was the third given up by Collmenter this season, all in the last month. The 29-year-old D-backs starter lasted six innings Sunday, allowing nine hits and five earned runs while walking one and striking out one in 104 pitches. The “Tomahawk” hasn’t earned a win since May 6 in Colorado, and he now has a 5.24 ERA.
DeGrom came in with a four-game streak of not allowing an extra-base hit, but Ender Inciarte immediately ended it with a leadoff double to right field. It would be the only D-backs hit beyond one base on the day, though. DeGrom allowed five total hits and three runs (two earned) while walking three in his 109-pitch victory. The 26-year-old right-hander’s ERA went up one point to 2.42 with the performance.
The D-backs can thank their lucky stars they split this series, as they produced just 28 hits in the four contests, an average of seven hits per game. New York, meanwhile posted 41 hits, reaching double digits in three of the contests, including 11 hits on Sunday.
With an RBI bunt single in the sixth, Chris Owings extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games. He went 1-for-4 in the contest with two strikeouts, and his batting average stayed at .250 for the season.
Collmenter went from nine home runs allowed on the season to surpassing Rubby De La Rosa for the team lead with 13. If you look back to Collmenter’s first five starts of the year, he only surrendered one longball in that span. However, the veteran has given up a homer in six of his last seven starts, including three games with more than one.
The Diamondbacks haven’t been at .500 or better since April 24, and it’s been 44 days and counting that they’ve been under that mark. They keep flirting with getting back to that level, but seem to continually fall short.
Paul Goldschmidt didn’t have an earth-shattering day — 1-for-3 with one walk and a run — but when he grounded into a fielder’s choice in the first inning, Inciarte reached home, giving the D-backs first baseman his 47th RBI of the year, tied for the most in the majors.
The Diamondbacks’ attendance in the series finale was 31,575, making Chase Field 64.9 percent full. It was the second straight contest with a crowd larger than 30,000: The mark is higher than the team’s average season attendance and a far cry from the 18,954 who showed up for the series opener Thursday.
June 8, 2014
Granderson was just one day shy of the last time he hit two dingers in a game — June 8, 2014 at San Francisco. The Mets right fielder now has eight this season after hitting two solo shots Sunday.