Mets' duel with D-backs derailed in 8th

Mets' duel with D-backs derailed in 8th

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt's would-be home run off the batter's eye in center was changed to a double after a crew-chief review, but two batters later, Yasmany Tomas hit a no-doubt homer off the batter's eye to spark a six-run eighth as the D-backs beat the Mets, 7-3, on Monday night at Chase Field.

The game was a pitchers' duel between Zacks -- Arizona's Zack Godley and New York's Zack Wheeler -- through the first six-plus innings, with each team managing just a run. Wheeler has allowed one earned run in four of his last five starts, posting a 2.51 ERA with 27 strikeouts over that stretch.

The D-backs broke it open in the eighth as Jeff Mathis followed Tomas' three-run homer with a two-run shot and Daniel Descalso tacked on a solo shot.

Goldschmidt's double to center

"We'd been a little dormant with our offense," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "We hadn't seen a big inning like that in a couple of games, so it was kind of nice to get off the ground a little bit and watch the guys have a little fun and get after it."

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Wilmer Flores connected on a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth off Silvino Bracho, but it couldn't keep the Mets from losing their fifth game in a row.

"Right now, somebody has [angered] the baseball gods," manager Terry Collins said. "Because every move we make, it turns out to be the wrong one."

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Walks hurt: With one out in the second, Jose Reyes and Curtis Granderson drew back-to-back walks off Godley. The walks would prove costly as Rene Rivera followed with a single to right to score Reyes and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Godley allowed only one hit but issued five walks over his 6 2/3 innings.

"Fastball command was a little bit of an issue for the first two or three innings," Godley said. "But I just tried to keep battling through it." More >

Godley's K's seven over 6 2/3

Out like a Lamb: Jake Lamb tied things up when he led off the sixth with a home run to left-center, his eighth of the year. Prior to that, the D-backs had trouble getting guys in as they stranded six runners through the first five innings.

"I just left that ball over the middle," Wheeler said. "I left a lot of balls over the middle, but luckily they hit them right to guys."

Lamb's opposite-field solo homer

"We're scuffling right now. But I read in the papers today, there's people who think the Cubs are done. We know they're not. That's why I say, if we go win seven of the next 10, all of the sudden we're OK. The issue is if you're on a losing streak and you're not playing well and you're getting knocked around pretty good, the sky is falling. And it's not." -- Collins

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Goldschmidt's leadoff double in the eighth was initially celebrated at Chase Field like a go-ahead home run, but the umpires quickly gathered to review. Replays showed the ball did not clear the yellow line across the batter's eye, overturning the home run call and sending Goldschmidt back to second base. It nearly became his third consecutive game hitting a home run.

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Mets: Tommy Milone, whom the Mets claimed off waivers this month, will make his second start for them Tuesday in a 9:40 p.m. ET game against the D-backs. A seven-year veteran of five different clubs, Milone gave up two runs in five innings in his Mets debut.

D-backs: The D-backs play host to the Mets again Tuesday night at 6:40 MST. Zack Greinke will get the start, and the right-hander has been on a roll of late, going 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA in his last four starts. The last time out, he carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Pirates.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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