Dillon Gee allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, and the New York Mets beat Arizona 5-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep and send the Diamondbacks to their sixth straight loss.
Arizona finished an 0-6 homestand in which it led at the end of just one inning and dropped to 1-11 at Chase Field. At 4-14, the Diamondbacks are off to their worst 18-game start.
Gee (1-0) retired his first 14 batters before Martin Prado’s double down the left-field line. He struck out three, walked none and threw 72 pitches. Gee also had an RBI groundout and made a nice play in the sixth after centerfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis failed in a diving attempt to catch Gerardo Parra’s blooper. Parra took off for second and Gee, seeing no one covering the base, rushed to the bag and tagged the runner out on the throw from shortstop Ruben Tejada.
Anthony Recker hit a solo homer off Brandon McCarthy. Two errors led to the final two Mets runs in the ninth.
New York has won four of five and went 6-3 on its trip, extending its Chase Field winning streak to five.
McCarthy (0-3) gave up three runs, nine hits and three walks — two intentional — in 5 2-3 innings.
Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt homered off Jose Valverde in the ninth, and Prado had three hits for the Diamondbacks.
Recker homered in the second, Nieuwenhuis had a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Gee’s RBI made it 3-0 in the sixth.
When Goldschmidt doubled off the center-field wall with one out in the seventh, Miguel Montero hit a drive to right that Andrew Brown caught with a leap at the fence. Goldschmidt was stranded when Mark Trumbo grounded out weakly to shortstop.
NOTES: Young twice stole second and has nine steals this season. ... The Mets selected RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka’s contract from Triple-A Las Vegas and sent LHP John Lannan outright to Las Vegas. Lannan can refuse the assignment and elect to become a free agent. ... Both teams have Thursday off. ... The Diamondbacks’ were 5-13 to start their inaugural 1998 season.