Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/10)

Game 1: Friday, August 9
NY Mets4Final
Game 2: Saturday, August 10
NY Mets4Final
Game 3: Sunday, August 11
NY Mets9Final

Mets 4

(53-61, 28-29 away)

Diamondbacks 1

(59-56, 33-25 home)

    Coverage:  FSAZ

    8:10 PM ET, August 10, 2013

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    NYM 000200020 4 9 0
    ARI 000000100 1 11 0

    W: Z. Wheeler (5-2)

    L: B. McCarthy (2-6)

    S: L. Hawkins (3)

    Mets-Diamondbacks Preview


    A return to Chase Field has given the Arizona Diamondbacks' once-struggling offense a spark.

    The Diamondbacks will look to ride a rejuvenated lineup to a fourth straight win when they host the New York Mets on Saturday night.

    The Diamondbacks (59-55) recorded two runs and a single extra-base hit over two losses to round out a six-game road trip, the fourth and fifth times over a seven-game stretch they'd been held to two runs or fewer.

    Since arriving back in Phoenix, though, they've accumulated 20 runs, 30 hits, 12 doubles and three home runs over the first three games of an eight-game homestand.

    On Friday night, Arizona racked up six doubles -- a total it had reached just two other times this season -- before Paul Goldschmidt's walk-off home run delivered a 5-4 victory over New York (52-61).

    He has three game-winning hits this season and leads the NL with 91 RBIs.

    "Oh, it's fun," Goldschmidt said. "It doesn't matter if it's you hitting it or a teammate hitting it, you get an opportunity to win the game there in the ninth inning or extra innings or whatever it is, it's a lot of fun. Hopefully we can do it a few more times."

    Goldschmidt has six home runs in 14 games heading into his bobblehead day at Chase Field.

    New York's Zack Wheeler has allowed eight homers in his first nine major league starts, but the long ball might not be his biggest concern.

    Wheeler (4-2, 3.91 ERA) has walked multiple batters in every start and tied a season high with five Sunday. Wheeler, whose walks per nine innings total (4.97) ranks among the worst in the major leagues, allowed four runs in five innings of New York's 6-2 loss to Kansas City.

    Three of those runs came in the fifth courtesy of a pair of dropped fly balls by Marlon Byrd.

    "I told him that in times like that you have to dial it up and make a statement, 'This is it boys. I'm putting an end to this right here. This thing is over,'" manager Terry Collins said. "You don't worry about not having anything left at the end of the inning, you just put an end to it."

    Wheeler had been 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA over his previous five starts.

    Brandon McCarthy (2-5, 4.94) also struggled with his control his last time out, but his struggles came as more of a surprise. Unlike Wheeler, McCarthy is known for his precision, as his 1.65 walks per nine innings mark is among the best in the major leagues.

    Still, after walking six batters in his first eight starts, the right-hander has issued seven over his last four -- including a season-high three in his return Sunday from a two-month stint on the disabled list. McCarthy needed 97 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs in Arizona's 4-0 loss to Boston.

    "Towards the end, I just felt my lack of ... game shape," McCarthy told the Diamondbacks' official website. "I just wasn't able to execute as much as I'd like and the ball kind of started getting up a little bit."

    McCarthy has never faced the Mets, who have averaged just 2.7 runs over a 14-game stretch in which they've hit only three home runs. They haven't gone deep in five straight contests.

    Byrd, their leader with 17 home runs, has gone 19 games without one -- though he nearly notched his 100th career homer on an inside-the-park attempt Friday before he was thrown out at the plate.

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    Gameday Matchup

     New YorkArizona
    Current StreakW1W1
    Last 106-44-6

    Pitching Matchup

    New YorkArizona
    Z. Wheeler
    7-5, 3.42 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/17 vs SF
    5.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = ND
    B. McCarthy
    5-11, 4.53 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at ARI
    7.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.New YorkArizona
    1. E. Young Jr., LF A. Eaton, CF
    2. J. Lagares, CF M. Prado, 3B
    3. D. Murphy, 2B P. Goldschmidt, 1B
    4. M. Byrd, RF A. Hill, 2B
    5. I. Davis, 1B C. Ross, LF
    6. W. Flores, 3B W. Nieves, C
    7. J. Buck, C G. Parra, RF
    8. O. Quintanilla, SS C. Pennington, SS
    9. Z. Wheeler, P B. McCarthy, P

    Research Notes

    Wilmer Flores: 2nd player this season to have a pair of 3-RBI games within the first 5 games of his career. The other is Yasiel Puig.

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