NEW YORK -- It took David Wright 23 games and nearly two months, but he finally got to break out his home run trot again at Citi Field.
The problem was, his first round-tripper in front of the hometown fans since June 9 ultimately went for naught, as the Mets fell, 3-2, to the D-backs in the opener of a four-game series on Friday night.
Predictably, Wright wasn't too eager to dwell on his accomplishment after the game.
"It don't matter," Wright said of the long ball. "If you don't win, it doesn't matter individually how you do.
"It's about winning games, and we're at a point where our backs are kind of up against a wall, and we've got to find a way to play with a little more consistency."
The Mets were a model of consistency during their five-game winning streak -- which came to a halt in the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Rockies on Thursday -- averaging better than seven runs per contest while steadily getting superb pitching from their staff.
But the Mets' bats went silent again on Friday, mustering only four hits and the two runs -- the other run coming on Daniel Murphy's solo shot -- which left Wright returning to that tenuous concept of consistency. Specifically, how it's eluded his ballclub.
"With us, we've been kinda high, been low, been high, been low," he said. "We haven't quite been able to find that middle ground where we obtain that consistency."
If there's a silver lining, it's that Wright -- the only healthy cog in the original lineup -- has found a groove lately, hitting in 10 consecutive games while driving the ball better than he has all season. He cracked a pair of homers during the streak and has struck two long doubles (one found the hill nearly 435 feet away at Minute Maid Park in Houston, the other went off the wall just above the 408 marker in dead center at Citi Field).
Not coincidentally, Wright's power resurgence has coincided with the best baseball the team has played since the end of May.
Though the Mets have dropped a pair since the winning streak, they haven't rolled over, and the fact that their star third baseman has returned to being a stabilizing force in the lineup can only bode well for the future.
Matt Chaprales is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.