After looking bad against rookie Matt Harvey, the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for six innings in the second inning, three runs scoring on an infield hit by Willie Bloomquist and throwing error by Jonathan Niese. Arizona starter Josh Collmenter gave up two homers, but pitched six innings and the D-backs returned to .500 with a 11-5 win over the Mets on Friday night in front of 23,150 fans at Chase Field.
But the Diamondbacks exploded for six runs in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Justin Upton, Chris Young and Stephen Drew hit singles to load the bases. Henry Blanco was walked, forcing a run home. Josh Collmenter singled home another and then things got messy for Mets starter Jonathan Niese. Willie Bloomquist hit a dribbler up the left side of the infield. Niese fielded the ball and instead of holding on to it, he threw it away. All three runners scored and Bloomquist made it to third. Aaron Hill hit a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring.
Collmenter could not keep the momentum in his favor. In the next half inning, David Wright hit a three-run homer to bring New York back within one.
But he would throw three straight scoreless frames to keep the Mets at bay, allowing the offense to give him some space again.
Arizona tacked on a run in the fourth, when Bloomquist singled home Drew, who led off the inning with his second single of the night.
Collmenter's night was done at that point, having thrown six innings, allowing seven hits and five runs. He struck out five.
The D-backs added another three runs in the seventh when Justin Upton singled for the second time, driving in Aaron Hill and Chris Young doubled home Upton and Paul Goldschmidt.
Everyone in the starting lineup got a hit except for Henry Blanco, and even he reached base and drove in a run with his bases loaded walk in the second. Five different players (Bloomquist, Goldschmidt, Upton, Young and Drew) each had a pair of hits. The team banged out 13 for the game.
Collmenter improved to 3-2 with the win and Niese fell to 7-5 with the loss.
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