Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets
- All-time, the Diamondbacks hold a 27-26 edge when playing the Mets in New York. However, the Mets are 5-1 versus Arizona at Citi Field since 2011.
- After getting swept at Atlanta, the Diamondbacks have lost six of their last seven games to fall to just three games over .500 for the first time since May 13. Arizona still holds a two-game lead over Colorado in the NL West.
- The Mets surrendered a season-high 13 runs while losing to Washington on Sunday, 13-2. New York is now 15-25 at Citi Field this year, the lowest winning percentage (.375) in the National League.
- This will be Wade Miley's 12th road start in 17 overall starts this season. That's the highest percentage (70.6) by any National League hurler (minimum 10 GS). Fortunately, his road ERA (3.82) is much better than his mark at home (6.66) in 2013.
- Shaun Marcum finally gained his first victory of 2013 in his most recent start last Wednesday, tossing eight shutout innings to improve to 1-9. He is 10-4 in his career during the month of July.
- With a home run and two RBI on Sunday, John Buck has improved to 13 homers in 2013, exceeding his total for all of 2012 (12). He now has seven home runs and 20 RBI over his last 58 games, after opening the season with six homers and 19 RBI in his first 10 games.
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By JONAH ROSENBLUM
(AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks just proved that they could hit Matt Harvey.
That could go a long way in building their confidence.
Arizona can end a mostly dismal 10-game road trip in positive fashion Thursday as it meets the New York Mets.
The Diamondbacks (43-41) entered Wednesday in an offensive slump, having averaged 2.7 runs over their previous nine games while going 1-8. In two losses at Citi Field to begin this week, they scored five runs while stranding 19 baserunners.
On Wednesday, however, the Diamondbacks touched Harvey for nine hits and five runs, the most any team has scored off the young phenom this season. They handed Harvey his second loss and pushed his ERA to 2.27.
"To beat one of the best obviously feels good," outfielder Cody Ross said. "Tonight we had a really good approach as a team."
Ross, batting .400 in his last 14 games against the Mets, hit a three-run homer off Harvey in the sixth inning that put Arizona ahead for good.
"It was a ton of energy when I came into the dugout and sort of a shot in the arm that maybe we needed," said Ross, who has two home runs in his last nine at-bats after hitting three over his first 215.
Another positive sign Wednesday was two players who recently came back from injuries each going 2 for 5. Aaron Hill, who returned June 25 after missing two-plus months with a broken hand, has five hits in this series. Eric Chavez had been 2 for 13 since returning from a strained right oblique before contributing a single and an RBI double Wednesday.
Miguel Montero, who entered the game hitting .200 since June 18, went 2 for 2 with two walks to reach in every plate appearance for the first time this season.
Ian Kennedy (3-4, 5.36 ERA) certainly wouldn't mind getting that kind of help from the batting order. Arizona has lost the right-hander's last four starts, providing him with seven runs of support.
Kennedy was as much to blame his last time out, though he escaped without a decision in an 11-5 loss to Atlanta on Saturday. He tied a season high with four walks and surrendered four runs over 4 1-3 innings.
Kennedy has surrendered home runs in six straight games, the worst such stretch of his career. His 15 home runs allowed are fourth-most in the NL.
However, Kennedy has won all four starts he's made against the Mets while posting a 3.70 ERA.
He'll face a resurgent Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60), who is 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA in his last six starts. His latest victory came Saturday, limiting Washington to one run in six innings of a 5-1 win.
In two home starts against Arizona, Gee has fared well, limiting the Diamondbacks to two earned runs over six innings in each start. He has held several of Arizona's hitters in check, including Martin Prado (4 of 20) and Gerardo Parra (1 of 7).
Perhaps the good news for Gee is that his speed tends to top out in the low 90s, something Arizona hasn't faced much lately - especially after facing the hard-throwing Harvey.
"Lately we've been seeing a lot of 96, 97 mph pitchers," Montero said. "When we see a guy throwing 88, we don't feel as comfortable apparently."
New York (35-46) has recorded double-digit hits in three straight games, only the second time it has accomplished that feat this season.
"I think anytime you start to swing the bats better, it's infectious," manager Terry Collins told the Mets' official website. "It's like any of the other parts of the game. When somebody starts to chip in, everybody wants to be a part of it."
Updated July 4, 2013