Wearing alternate caps on the Fourth of July, the teams were back at it in 87-degree heat and humidity less than 13 hours after their rain-delayed game ended Wednesday night. Arizona put the leadoff batter on six times in the first eight innings but managed only Nieves' two-run single in the fifth.

Mets starter Dillon Gee and counterpart Ian Kennedy, who matched a season high with eight strikeouts, kept the sluggish offenses in check for seven innings each.

Gee, who entered with a .126 career batting average, lashed a two-out RBI single that tied it at 2 in the fifth.

Ross drew a leadoff walk in the fifth and Parra dragged a hard bunt through the right side. With second baseman Daniel Murphy cheating toward the middle and first baseman Josh Satin breaking back to the bag, the ball rolled into shallow right field before Murphy could retrieve it.

Ross scampered to third and Parra slid into second easily. Nieves smacked the next pitch for a two-run single.

David Wright doubled in the Mets fourth and advanced on Kennedy's wild pitch before scoring on a groundout by Marlon Byrd.

Game notes

For the first time since 1973, the Mets have played three games that lasted at least 15 innings. They've lost all of them. ... Arizona will recall top prospect Tyler Skaggs from Triple-A Reno to start Friday night against Colorado in place of injured RHP Trevor Cahill (bruised right hip). The 21-year-old lefty went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts for the Diamondbacks earlier this season. He was optioned to Reno on June 10. "He went back down there and got some more starts. He'll have a better understanding of what he's up against," Gibson said. ... Parra returned to the lineup in RF after sitting out two games. He was shaken up trying to make a diving catch on the warning track Monday, leaving him with scrapes and bruises on his face and arm. ... After the game, the Mets designated Lyon for assignment. They will recall reliever Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas before Friday night's game in Milwaukee. ... Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (1-1, 5.06 ERA) makes his fourth major league start Friday night. ... New York pinch hitter John Buck was ejected in the 12th by first base umpire Mike Everitt for protesting a checked-swing third strike.