- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: Don't get too excited just yet, but the New York Mets have won a season-high four games in a row. They also swept three games from the Arizona Diamondbacks at home for the first time since May 19-21, 2000. In their last four games, including an 8-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Easter Sunday at Citi Field, the Mets (9-13) have outscored their opponents 27-10.
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WRIGHTING THE SHIP: Third baseman David Wright's 0-for-20 slump is all of a sudden in his rear-view mirror. Wright highlighted the Mets' impressive offensive output with his 16th career multi-homer game -- tied for third-most in team history -- and first since Sept. 12, 2009 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He cracked a two-run shot in the first inning, then added a solo drive in the fourth. Since that career-worst hitless skid, Wright is batting .429 (6-for-13) with three homers and six RBIs. On Sunday, he also scored three runs and recorded his fifth stolen base.
THAT'S A NIESE: Left-hander Jon Niese picked up his first victory of the season, and it's about time. Niese (1-3, 5.10 ERA) won for the first time since Sept. 5, 2010, allowing three earned runs over a season-high-tying seven innings. He retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, and essentially cruised from there. Mets starters have now pitched six or more innings in their last six games -- the longest such streak this season.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Center fielder Jason Pridie belted his first career major league home run -- a three-run shot with two out in the third -- to give the Mets a 6-0 lead. Pridie, who was called up when Angel Pagan went on the disabled list, had been known more for his defensive prowess. He came in with 79 career minor league homers in 3,689 at-bats.
HOMER HAPPY: Wright's first-inning, two-run blast gave the Mets at least one homer in their last six games. That ties their longest stretch since Sept. 17-24, 2010. The Mets came in tied for 18th in the majors with 17 dingers.
BIRTHDAY BOY: Right fielder Carlos Beltran turned 34 on Sunday. He also continued his hitting tear, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while increasing his batting average to .296. Beltran is batting .354 (17-for-48) in his last 15 games.
LIKE IKE: First baseman Ike Davis failed to extend his three-game homer streak. However, he did manage to go 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and his 18th RBI of the young season.
THE LONE RANGER: Second baseman Daniel Murphy showed off his range in the seventh inning, taking away a two-out hit from Kelly Johnson when he ranged far to his right and threw against his body to retire the speedy hitter.
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IT'S OVER: The Mets bullpen's four-game, eight-inning streak of not allowing a run came to a close when D.J. Carrasco allowed an RBI double to Stephen Drew in the eighth.
TROUBLE IN PARADISE: The only alarming stat for the Mets on Sunday afternoon? They went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 men on base. The Mets had gone 11-for-35 (.314) with RISP in their previous four games.
WHAT’S NEXT: An off day. Then the Mets open up a three-game series with the Nationals in D.C. on Tuesday night. Right-hander Chris Young (1-0, 1.46 ERA) will get the ball for the Mets. He'll be opposed by fellow right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (1-3, 3.70). Young will be making his first start since April 10. He had been on the DL with right biceps tendinitis.
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