Conforto homers, Matz strong as Mets beat D'backs 5-1

PHOENIX (AP) Michael Conforto showed signs of ending a prolonged slump, and the New York Mets got some much-needed offense for a rare win Saturday night.

Conforto homered for the second time in three games and drove in a career high four runs, Steven Matz pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1.

Conforto lined a three-run homer in the second inning, and that was all the support Matz needed against one of baseball's hottest teams. Matz (3-4) allowed a run, six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

''Trying to stay behind it a little bit, that's the best way I can explain it,'' said Conforto, who was 2 for 29 over his last nine games. ''It's something that I've been through before.''

The Mets ended a four-game losing streak and have won just two of their last 14 games. The Diamondbacks lost for just the second time in nine games.

''Doing some things that we'd been talking about as far as basic baseball I think is big for us,'' Conforto said. ''We know we're better players than the product has been.''

New York made it 4-0 in the third when Amed Rosario led off with a double and scored on starter Patrick Corbin's wild pitch. The Mets had scored three or fewer runs in 11 straight games.

Corbin got into another jam in the sixth but got some help from center fielder Chris Owings, who threw out Brandon Nimmo trying to score from second base on a shallow single. With two outs in the inning, Conforto doubled into the right-field corner to drive in another run.

''You give up three quick runs the way Matz was throwing, it was a little too much for us to play some catch-up,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

Corbin (6-3) surrendered five runs and eight hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.

''Take a way a couple of pitches there, I think it could have been decent,'' Corbin said. ''They just did a good job, made it tough. I got the pitch count up there a little bit and they made me work.''

The Diamondbacks made it 5-1 in the sixth with Nick Ahmed's double and Paul Goldschmidt's RBI groundout.

Arizona loaded the bases in the seventh against Matz and reliever Robert Gsellman, who rode onto the field in the Diamondbacks' new bullpen cart. Gsellman got Ahmed to ground into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

''Honestly, after the second inning it all clicked for me and I started feeling really good out there,'' Matz said.

The Mets' Anthony Swarzak struck out the side in the ninth to end it.

GREET THE METS

Most of the right field seats at Chase Field on Saturday night were taken up by hundreds of chanting Mets fans in blue shirts representing a group called the Seven Line Army. It bills itself on Twitter as ''the largest traveling supporter section in baseball history.''

The group went crazy as Conforto's home run sailed into its area, and roared again when Conforto took his position in center field and waved before the start of the bottom of the second.

The fans serenaded Mets pinch hitter Jose Reyes with a soccer-style cheer in the ninth while he was at bat.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Reliever Jeurys Familia is with the team in Arizona and is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday. He's been out with a sore right shoulder since June 7. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he ''wouldn't be afraid'' to go to Familia in the eighth or ninth inning right away. ... OF Jay Bruce is expected to be in Sunday's lineup after missing the past three games with a sore back. ... RHP Noah Syndergaard (right index finger) is moving closer to starting a throwing program.

Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (Tommy John surgery rehab) made a strong start for Class A Visalia on Saturday night, allowing three hits in 6 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. ... LHP Robbie Ray (oblique) will throw up to 70 pitches Tuesday for Triple-A Reno. ... RHP Randall Delgado (oblique) is set for one inning of work for Reno on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-5) is set for his fourth career start at Chase Field. He has 1.93 ERA in three previous starts.

Diamondbacks: RHP Clay Buchholz (1-1) faces the Mets. He has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his five starts this season.

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  • W: S. Matz (3-4)L: P. Corbin (6-3)
  • HR: NYM - M. Conforto (9)
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A. Cabrera 2B50100011.267.305.467.7720.5
T. Frazier 3B30100210.224.331.408.7393.5
W. Flores 1B31100001.254.323.407.7302.0
a- D. Smith PH-1B20000004.267.313.533.8460.0
B. Nimmo RF41200021.264.397.540.9374.0
D. Mesoraco C41200012.218.295.403.6992.5
M. Conforto CF41241001.218.343.386.72911.0
J. Bautista LF20000211.177.327.329.6561.5
S. Matz P30000013.087.125.130.255-0.5
R. Gsellman P0000-000.000.250.000.000-
b- J. Reyes PH10000001.158.220.224.4430.0
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  • a-grounded out for Flores in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Gsellman in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay RF20000100.309.377.387.7642.0
N. Ahmed SS41200004.223.283.418.7025.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40010022.261.367.514.8800.0
J. Murphy C40100001.250.294.509.8031.0
D. Peralta LF40000013.279.342.506.848-0.5
K. Marte 2B40000001.245.299.402.7010.0
C. Owings CF40100010.190.265.293.5580.5
D. Marrero 3B30100011.160.210.200.4100.5
T. McFarland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Lamb PH10000010.208.305.396.701-0.5
P. Corbin P20000011.259.310.296.607-0.5
F. Salas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Descalso PH-3B20100010.282.376.541.9170.5
  • a-struck out for McFarland in the 9th
  • b-singled for Salas in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rosario (10), T. Frazier (7), M. Conforto (6)
  • HR - M. Conforto (9)
  • RBI - M. Conforto 4 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Conforto (8)
BATTING
  • 3B - N. Ahmed (2)
  • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (35)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Nimmo (7)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Frazier (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Owings (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (W, 3-4)6.26111303.311.2421.5
R. Gsellman (H, 7)1.10000202.851.204.0
A. Swarzak1.00000303.681.234.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (W, 3-4)6.2
R. Gsellman (H, 7)1.1
A. Swarzak1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Corbin (L, 6-3)6.08552713.481.041.5
F. Salas1.01000004.181.332.0
T. McFarland2.01002102.221.233.5
PITCHERSIP
P. Corbin (L, 6-3)6.0
F. Salas1.0
T. McFarland2.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Gsellman (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 103-67, R. Gsellman 23-15, A. Swarzak 15-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 10-7, R. Gsellman 2-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 27, R. Gsellman 6, A. Swarzak 3
PITCHING
  • WP - P. Corbin (5)
  • IBB - P. Corbin (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Corbin 96-59, F. Salas 14-9, T. McFarland 38-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Corbin 5-5, F. Salas 2-1, T. McFarland 3-2
  • Batters Faced - P. Corbin 27, F. Salas 4, T. McFarland 9
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rosario SS51100011.237.266.356.6232.5
A. Cabrera 2B50100011.267.305.467.7720.5
T. Frazier 3B30100210.224.331.408.7393.5
W. Flores 1B31100001.254.323.407.7302.0
a- D. Smith PH-1B20000004.267.313.533.8460.0
B. Nimmo RF41200021.264.397.540.9374.0
D. Mesoraco C41200012.218.295.403.6992.5
M. Conforto CF41241001.218.343.386.72911.0
J. Bautista LF20000211.177.327.329.6561.5
S. Matz P30000013.087.125.130.255-0.5
R. Gsellman P0000-000.000.250.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Flores in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Gsellman in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay RF20000100.309.377.387.7642.0
N. Ahmed SS41200004.223.283.418.7025.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40010022.261.367.514.8800.0
J. Murphy C40100001.250.294.509.8031.0
D. Peralta LF40000013.279.342.506.848-0.5
K. Marte 2B40000001.245.299.402.7010.0
C. Owings CF40100010.190.265.293.5580.5
D. Marrero 3B30100011.160.210.200.4100.5
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a- J. Lamb PH10000010.208.305.396.701-0.5
P. Corbin P20000011.259.310.296.607-0.5
F. Salas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Descalso PH-3B20100010.282.376.541.9170.5
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  • a-struck out for McFarland in the 9th
  • b-singled for Salas in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rosario (10), T. Frazier (7), M. Conforto (6)
  • HR - M. Conforto (9)
  • RBI - M. Conforto 4 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Conforto (8)
BATTING
  • 3B - N. Ahmed (2)
  • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (35)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Nimmo (7)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Frazier (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Owings (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (W, 3-4)6.26111303.311.2421.5
R. Gsellman (H, 7)1.10000202.851.204.0
A. Swarzak1.00000303.681.234.5
Total9.0611180---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (W, 3-4)6.2
R. Gsellman (H, 7)1.1
A. Swarzak1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Corbin (L, 6-3)6.08552713.481.041.5
F. Salas1.01000004.181.332.0
T. McFarland2.01002102.221.233.5
Total9.01055481---
PITCHERSIP
P. Corbin (L, 6-3)6.0
F. Salas1.0
T. McFarland2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Gsellman (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 103-67, R. Gsellman 23-15, A. Swarzak 15-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 10-7, R. Gsellman 2-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 27, R. Gsellman 6, A. Swarzak 3
PITCHING
  • WP - P. Corbin (5)
  • IBB - P. Corbin (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Corbin 96-59, F. Salas 14-9, T. McFarland 38-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Corbin 5-5, F. Salas 2-1, T. McFarland 3-2
  • Batters Faced - P. Corbin 27, F. Salas 4, T. McFarland 9
  • 6TH INNING
    Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop, Ahmed scored51
    Conforto doubled to deep right, Mesoraco scored50
  • 3RD INNING
    Rosario scored, Frazier to second on wild pitch40
  • 2ND INNING
    Conforto homered to right, Flores and Nimmo scored30
  • 9TH INNING
    • T. McFarland Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
    • Jose Reyes hit for Robert Gsellman
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes flied out to deep right
    • A. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario popped out to first
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cabrera singled to left, Bautista to second
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked, Bautista to third, Cabrera to second
    • D. Smith: Foul, Smith grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Anthony Swarzak pitching
    • C. Owings: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
    • Jake Lamb hit for T.J. McFarland
    • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Lamb struck out looking
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Descalso struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • T.J. McFarland pitching
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Strike looking, Mesoraco grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Conforto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Gsellman Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • J. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Murphy safe at first on 3rd baseman Frazier fielding error
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Marte lined out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Fernando Salas relieved Patrick Corbin
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario flied out to right
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Frazier doubled to deep right center
    • Dominic Smith hit for Wilmer Flores
    • D. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smith grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to third
    • C. Owings: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Owings grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Marrero: Marrero singled to right
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Fernando Salas
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Descalso reached on an infield single to first, Marrero to second
    • Robert Gsellman relieved Steven Matz
    • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jay hit by pitch, Marrero to third, Descalso to second
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Foul, Ahmed grounded into fielder's choice to center, Jay out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Ball, Flores flied out to deep right
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nimmo singled to center
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo stole second, Ball, Ball, Mesoraco singled to shallow center, Nimmo out at home, Mesoraco to second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Conforto doubled to deep right, Mesoraco scored
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Bautista intentionally walked
    • S. Matz: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Matz struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Ahmed tripled to deep right
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop, Ahmed scored
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Murphy lined out to third
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Peralta grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
    • P. Corbin: Strike looking, Ball, Corbin lined out to left
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Jay grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • D. Mesoraco: Mesoraco singled to left center
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Conforto reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mesoraco out at second
    • J. Bautista: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • S. Matz: Matz grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Peralta grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to third
    • C. Owings: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Owings flied out to deep left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario doubled to left center
    • A. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to deep center, Rosario to third
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • W. Flores: Ball, Rosario scored, Frazier to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike looking, Flores lined out to left
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Jay grounded out to pitcher
    • N. Ahmed: Foul, Strike looking, Ahmed singled to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • J. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Murphy grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Flores singled to left center
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo singled to right, Flores to second
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mesoraco struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Conforto homered to right, Flores and Nimmo scored
    • J. Bautista: Bautista lined out to center
    • S. Matz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Matz lined out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Owings: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Owings singled to left
    • D. Marrero: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Marrero flied out to left
    • P. Corbin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Corbin struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ahmed flied out to deep center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt flied out to right
    • J. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Murphy singled to left, Jay to second
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Peralta flied out to deep left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)