Kelly strikes out 10 in Diamondbacks' 7-1 win over Mets

PHOENIX (AP) Midway through Saturday night's game against the New York Mets, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo wondered what had happened to his team.

Mired in a nearly monthlong slump, the Diamondbacks were lethargic, seemingly on their way to yet another loss.

To not only pull out that victory, but win the series with the Dodgers coming to town was just what the Diamondbacks needed to get going back in the right direction.

Merrill Kelly struck out a career-high 10, Ketel Marte hit a long homer and had three RBIs, and the Diamondbacks beat the New York Mets 7-1 on Sunday.

''In the fifth inning yesterday, I was under the bench sucking my thumb. I didn't know what to do,'' Lovullo said. ''I was like, `Where are we going, what are we doing, we're not playing our type of baseball.' It was really frustrating. It's a perfect example of not shutting down and I'm proud of these guys.''

Lingering around the NL West lead heading into May, the Diamondbacks went into a funk. They had one five-game losing streak and were looking at a potential six-game slide after falling behind the Mets on Saturday night.

Arizona rallied to win that game 6-5 in 11 innings and kept the momentum going Sunday with a strong all-around game.

Marte got it started, hitting his first career leadoff home run against Steven Matz (4-4), a 482-foot shot that matched Texas' Nomar Mazara for longest in the majors this season. He added a two-run single in the eighth.

Eduardo Escobar also hit a two-run shot in the first inning and Kelly (5-6) held the struggling Mets to six hits in 7 2/3 innings.

''I know we had a long week where we didn't win, but we never give up,'' Marte said.

Wilson Ramos homered and Amed Rosario had three hits for New York. Matz was the only other player with a hit for the Mets, who lost for the 17th time in their last 21 road games.

''Overall game, bad defense, bad pitching, no offense,'' New York manager Mickey Callaway said. ''You are going to lose when you have those.''

Kelly was sharp after allowing four earned runs each of his past two starts.

The right-hander gave up Ramos' solo homer in the second inning, but had the Mets swinging through his big-breaking curveball most of the day.

Kelly asked the trainer to come out after feeling nauseous warming up in the sixth inning, but stayed in the game. He was lifted after Rosario beat shortstop Nick Ahmed's throw for his third single.

''I felt like I was going to have a special day as we got later in the game,'' Kelly said.

New York lost five of seven on its trip and dropped to 28-31. The Mets have not been above .500 since before play on May 1.

''We can't allow people to have their best games of their career against us,'' Callaway said.

Matz allowed two earned runs or less in his previous three straight starts.

He gave up more than that in the first inning against the Diamondbacks.

Marte led off with a homer that landed on the concourse in left-center for the sixth-longest in Chase Field history. Escobar lifted his two-run shot just over the left field wall into the Diamondbacks' bullpen to put Arizona up 3-0.

Arizona scored two more runs off Matz in the fifth inning on four straight two-out singles to go up 5-1.

The left-hander allowed five runs and eight hits and struck out five in six innings.

''It's tough when you're on your heels in the first inning,'' Matz said. ''You really have to grind to come back. I was able to go six and so that is the only positive I can take out of that.''

SUPPLE, NOT SUPPLE

When asked about Marte's power numbers from the right side, Lovullo talked about the switch hitter's swing suppleness from that side of the plate. After a few seconds, he changed his mind.

''Actually, let's strike that from the record,'' Lovullo said, drawing laughs. ''That's not a baseball term, I get it. There's about 15 words: the F-word, the S-word, atta boy. That's all we know, so let's shut that word down.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: 1B Dominic Smith was a late scratch due to a sore right thumb. Aaron Altherr replaced him in the lineup and played left field and Pete Alonso was at first base.

Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta (shoulder) could be activated Monday after getting nine plate appearances in extended spring training on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.90 ERA) has won his last three starts with a 1.17 ERA against San Francisco. He will face Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday.

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (4-2, 3.59) is 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 56 strikeouts in eight starts heading into Monday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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  • W: M. Kelly (5-6)L: S. Matz (4-4)
  • HR: NYM - W. Ramos (6), ARI - E. Escobar (15), K. Marte (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rosario SS40300001.254.298.411.7093.0
J. Davis 3B40000013.250.318.421.740-0.5
P. Alonso 1B40000002.263.335.606.9400.0
M. Conforto RF40000021.251.387.491.879-1.0
W. Ramos C41211000.269.344.398.7417.0
C. Gomez CF30000021.213.302.340.642-1.0
A. Hechavarria 2B30000010.241.279.466.744-0.5
A. Altherr LF30000030.050.095.150.245-1.5
S. Matz P20100010.211.211.211.4210.5
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T. Bashlor P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Font in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Marte CF51231000.280.331.534.8659.0
T. Locastro LF41100102.289.467.400.8673.0
E. Escobar 3B42221011.288.345.568.9138.5
A. Jones RF41100001.283.328.511.8392.0
C. Walker 1B41210001.257.329.490.8195.0
I. Vargas 2B31210101.281.312.393.7056.0
N. Ahmed SS40000015.271.324.417.741-0.5
C. Kelly C30000102.269.350.490.8411.0
M. Kelly P30000032.000.050.000.050-1.5
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- K. Cron PH00000100.286.313.571.8841.0
S. Crichton P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Bradley in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - W. Ramos (6)
  • RBI - W. Ramos (32)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario, J. Davis, P. Alonso, M. Conforto
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Walker (16), I. Vargas (4)
  • HR - K. Marte (14), E. Escobar (15)
  • RBI - K. Marte 3 (43), E. Escobar 2 (48), C. Walker (23), I. Vargas (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Marte 2 (13), C. Walker (10), I. Vargas (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Locastro 2 (2), A. Jones, N. Ahmed 2 (2), M. Kelly 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Davis-Hechavarria-Alonso)
  • E - J. Davis (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Walker)
  • PB - C. Kelly
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 4-4)6.08552523.971.380.5
W. Font1.00000005.651.473.0
H. Santiago0.21221006.231.85-4.0
T. Bashlor0.11001005.401.46-2.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 4-4)6.0
W. Font1.0
H. Santiago0.2
T. Bashlor0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Kelly (W, 5-6)7.261101014.411.4329.0
A. Bradley0.10000004.381.860.0
S. Crichton1.00000100.000.383.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Kelly (W, 5-6)7.2
A. Bradley0.1
S. Crichton1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Matz (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 99-66, W. Font 8-5, H. Santiago 15-6, T. Bashlor 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 8-5, T. Bashlor 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 28, W. Font 3, H. Santiago 4, T. Bashlor 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 105-67, A. Bradley 1-1, S. Crichton 12-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 8-4, A. Bradley 1-0, S. Crichton 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 28, A. Bradley, S. Crichton 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rosario SS40300001.254.298.411.7093.0
J. Davis 3B40000013.250.318.421.740-0.5
P. Alonso 1B40000002.263.335.606.9400.0
M. Conforto RF40000021.251.387.491.879-1.0
W. Ramos C41211000.269.344.398.7417.0
C. Gomez CF30000021.213.302.340.642-1.0
A. Hechavarria 2B30000010.241.279.466.744-0.5
A. Altherr LF30000030.050.095.150.245-1.5
S. Matz P20100010.211.211.211.4210.5
W. Font P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
a- T. Frazier PH10000010.250.311.411.722-0.5
H. Santiago P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Font in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Marte CF51231000.280.331.534.8659.0
T. Locastro LF41100102.289.467.400.8673.0
E. Escobar 3B42221011.288.345.568.9138.5
A. Jones RF41100001.283.328.511.8392.0
C. Walker 1B41210001.257.329.490.8195.0
I. Vargas 2B31210101.281.312.393.7056.0
N. Ahmed SS40000015.271.324.417.741-0.5
C. Kelly C30000102.269.350.490.8411.0
M. Kelly P30000032.000.050.000.050-1.5
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- K. Cron PH00000100.286.313.571.8841.0
S. Crichton P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Bradley in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - W. Ramos (6)
  • RBI - W. Ramos (32)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario, J. Davis, P. Alonso, M. Conforto
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Walker (16), I. Vargas (4)
  • HR - K. Marte (14), E. Escobar (15)
  • RBI - K. Marte 3 (43), E. Escobar 2 (48), C. Walker (23), I. Vargas (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Marte 2 (13), C. Walker (10), I. Vargas (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Locastro 2 (2), A. Jones, N. Ahmed 2 (2), M. Kelly 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Davis-Hechavarria-Alonso)
  • E - J. Davis (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Walker)
  • PB - C. Kelly
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 4-4)6.08552523.971.380.5
W. Font1.00000005.651.473.0
H. Santiago0.21221006.231.85-4.0
T. Bashlor0.11001005.401.46-2.0
Total8.01077452---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 4-4)6.0
W. Font1.0
H. Santiago0.2
T. Bashlor0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Kelly (W, 5-6)7.261101014.411.4329.0
A. Bradley0.10000004.381.860.0
S. Crichton1.00000100.000.383.5
Total9.06110111---
PITCHERSIP
M. Kelly (W, 5-6)7.2
A. Bradley0.1
S. Crichton1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Matz (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 99-66, W. Font 8-5, H. Santiago 15-6, T. Bashlor 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 8-5, T. Bashlor 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 28, W. Font 3, H. Santiago 4, T. Bashlor 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 105-67, A. Bradley 1-1, S. Crichton 12-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 8-4, A. Bradley 1-0, S. Crichton 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 28, A. Bradley, S. Crichton 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Marte singled to right, Walker and Vargas scored, Cron to third17
  • 5TH INNING
    Vargas singled to left, Jones scored, Walker to second15
    Walker singled to left, Escobar scored, Jones to third14
  • 2ND INNING
    Ramos homered to left center13
  • 1ST INNING
    Escobar homered to left, Locastro scored03
    Marte homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Stefan Crichton pitching
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Alonso lined out to center
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Foul, Ramos grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • Todd Frazier hit for Wilmer Font
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Archie Bradley relieved Merrill Kelly
    • J. Davis: Davis grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Hector Santiago pitching
    • C. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker doubled to deep center
    • I. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vargas walked
    • N. Ahmed: Ahmed fouled out to first
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kelly flied out to shallow center
    • Kevin Cron hit for Archie Bradley
    • Tyler Bashlor relieved Hector Santiago
    • K. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cron walked, Walker to third, Vargas to second
    • K. Marte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte singled to right, Walker and Vargas scored, Cron to third
    • T. Locastro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Locastro reached on fielder's choice to third, Marte out at second
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramos grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Hechavarria grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wilmer Font relieved Steven Matz
    • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Locastro flied out to deep left
    • E. Escobar: Escobar flied out to deep center
    • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis grounded out to second
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Kelly: Kelly flied out to right
    • M. Kelly: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marte flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
    • A. Altherr: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • S. Matz: Matz singled to right center
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Locastro popped out to second
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar singled to center
    • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Jones singled to left, Escobar to second
    • C. Walker: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Walker singled to left, Escobar scored, Jones to third
    • I. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Vargas singled to left, Jones scored, Walker to second
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ahmed flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Conforto grounded out to second
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Ramos singled to center
    • C. Gomez: Gomez hit into double play first, Ramos out at first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Walker grounded out to third
    • I. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Vargas doubled to deep left
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ahmed grounded out to third
    • C. Kelly: Kelly intentionally walked
    • M. Kelly: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Matz struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to center
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Rosario to second on passed ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte grounded out to second
    • T. Locastro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Locastro walked
    • E. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • A. Jones: Ball, Jones reached on fielder's choice to third, Locastro out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramos homered to left center
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
    • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Ball, Hechavarria grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ahmed struck out looking
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kelly grounded out to second
    • M. Kelly: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Rosario singled to right center
    • J. Davis: Davis flied out to deep center
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rosario out at second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Conforto flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte homered to left center
    • T. Locastro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Locastro singled to right
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar homered to left, Locastro scored
    • A. Jones: Jones safe at first on 3rd baseman Davis fielding error
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Walker lined out to second
    • I. Vargas: Strike looking, Vargas grounded into double play third to second to first, Jones out at second
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)