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Diamondbacks 11, Mets 5

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PHOENIX -- Though it was far from artistic, Josh Collmenter gave the Arizona Diamondbacks what they needed Friday night.

Collmenter pitched six innings and drove in a run during Arizona's six-run second and the Diamondbacks beat the reeling New York Mets 11-5.

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"He kept his composure and we needed innings," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "A lot of guys would have lost their composure there. The guy's got ice in his veins."

Willie Bloomquist had two RBI singles for the Diamondbacks, who have won six of seven.

Collmenter (3-2), who allowed five runs, seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts, got stronger as the game continued. He retired the final seven batters he faced.

"He made two bad pitches but he's a warrior," catcher Henry Blanco said. "He kept guys off balance, kept them off the bases and gave us a chance to get the win."

Ike Davis and David Wright homered for the Mets, who have lost 13 of 15.

Jonathon Niese (7-5) turned out to be his own worst enemy. After loading the bases in the second with a two-run lead, he walked Blanco to cut New York's lead to 2-1 and Collmenter singled to tie the game.

The walk to Blanco was Niese's first in his past 25 innings.

"It's a pitcher's worst nightmare to walk a guy with the bases loaded," Niese said.

But the nightmare got worse.

Bloomquist topped a ground ball near the third-base line. Niese sprinted off the mound to corral the ball, spun and tried to fire the ball to first but his throw bounced once in the grass yards short of the bag and rolled down the right-field line as all three runners scored.

"I think everyone in the ballpark, including myself, know that I shouldn't have thrown that ball," Niese said. "When you are in the heat of the moment, when you are out there battling, I just tried to force it when I shouldn't have. In hindsight, I wish I would have done a lot of things different."

Mets manager Terry Collins said Niese was trying to do a little too much to stop the Arizona rally.

"I'm sure he wishes he could take it back," Collins said. "He didn't have a play on it. If [third baseman] Wright doesn't get to it, it's pretty much a base hit. It was just one of the mistakes we made tonight."

Collmenter scored on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Hill. Left fielder Jason Bay finally ended the inning when he tumbled head first into the stands in foul territory as he caught Jason Kubel's high fly ball.

Niese allowed eight runs -- six earned -- and nine hits with five strikeouts and a walk over six innings.

"One of the reasons I left him in is I wanted him to work a little bit," Collins said. "I wanted to see if he could get himself into a little bit of a feel, a rhythm, get his release point back and get into synch so he could leave feeling better about himself than he did after the second inning."

Davis gave the Mets a 1-0 lead with a home run to right leading off the second. Daniel Murphy then doubled and scored on Andres Torres' two-out single to center.

Wright's towering three-run homer in the third followed singles by Ruben Tejada and Jordany Valdespin and pulled New York within 6-5. The home run, his 16th, snapped an 0-for-15 slump.

Bloomquist hit his second run-scoring single in the fourth and Paul Goldschmidt singled home Kubel in the fifth to stretch Arizona's lead to 8-5. Justin Upton added an RBI single and Chris Young lined a two-out double to left in the seventh against Elvin Ramirez to make it 11-5.

"It looked like it was going to be a long night the way it was looking but Josh strapped it down," Young said. "We were manufacturing runs and just trying to keep the pressure on them."

Notes

The teams had played seven straight games won by two runs or less since Aug. 12, 2011. ... The Diamondbacks have scored six or more runs in an inning four times this season. ... Arizona had scored 10 runs in its four previous games against the Mets combined.. Davis has hit 12 of his team-high 17 homers on the road. ... Bay finished 0-for-4 and is hitless in his last 15 at-bats. He is 4-for-30 since returning from the DL on July 17. ... Niese had won five of his past seven decisions. ... Mets closer Frank Francisco (oblique), on a minor league rehab assignment, earned the save for Double-A Binghamton in a 2-1 win against Portland in the first game of a doubleheader. Francisco allowed one hit and no runs while throwing 16 of his 21 pitches for strikes. ... Mets OF Mike Baxter (collarbone, rib) went 1-for-4 with a single for Triple-A Buffalo at Louisville. He played nine innings in left field. ... RHP Chris Young takes the mound on Saturday night for the Mets against RHP Ian Kennedy. Young pitched a season-high seven innings but took a no-decision in New York's 8-2 loss to Washington on July 23. He has not faced Arizona since April 6, 2010 as a member of the San Diego Padres. Kennedy will be making his 100th career appearance.

 
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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS5120000 .316
Jordany Valdespin, RF4110013 .284
David Wright, 3B4113001 .335
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
Ike Davis, 1B4111000 .207
Daniel Murphy, 2B3110110 .304
Jason Bay, LF4000022 .170
Josh Thole, C4000022 .271
Andres Torres, CF3011110 .224
Jonathon Niese, P2000002 .194
   a- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, PH0000100 .255
    Elvin Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Justin Turner, 3B1000000 .275
Totals3457537  
a-walked for Niese in the 7th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (31, Collmenter)
HR - David Wright (16, Collmenter), Ike Davis (17, Collmenter)
RBI - David Wright 3 (70), Ike Davis (57), Andres Torres (25)
2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres (14)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jonathon Niese (1, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (L,7-5) 6986150 3.86
Elvin Ramirez 1433020 8.18
Manny Acosta 1000010 10.88
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 113-77, Elvin Ramirez 25-15, Manny Acosta 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 3-9, Manny Acosta 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 27, Elvin Ramirez 7, Manny Acosta 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, 3B5122000 .301
Aaron Hill, 2B3111011 .304
    John McDonald, 2B0000000 .267
Jason Kubel, LF4110021 .297
    Gerardo Parra, LF0000000 .275
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4121000 .290
Justin Upton, RF4221001 .273
Chris Young, CF4122011 .223
Stephen Drew, SS4220021 .222
Henry Blanco, C3101101 .197
Josh Collmenter, P1111000 .077
   a- Lyle Overbay, PH1000010 .292
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .333
    Craig Breslow, P1000010 .000
Totals341113918  
a-struck out for Collmenter in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel (22, Niese), Chris Young (15, Ramirez)
SF - Aaron Hill (2)
SH - Josh Collmenter (6)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist 2 (20), Aaron Hill (46), Paul Goldschmidt (47), Justin Upton (43), Chris Young 2 (29), Henry Blanco (7), Josh Collmenter (2)
2-OUT RBI - Willie Bloomquist (6), Justin Upton (11), Chris Young 2 (11)
CS - Paul Goldschmidt (2, 2nd base by Niese/Thole)
Team LOB - 2
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Collmenter (W,3-2) 6755152 4.13
Brad Ziegler (H,6) 1000110 2.50
Craig Breslow 2000110 2.76
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Collmenter 94-60, Brad Ziegler 14-9, Craig Breslow 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Collmenter 8-5, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Craig Breslow 4-1
Batters Faced - Josh Collmenter 26, Brad Ziegler 4, Craig Breslow 7
Game Information
Attendance - 23150
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Brian Gorman