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Rain-fueled 7th inning sparks Mets

The Mets scored 7 runs in the 7th on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Elsa/Getty Images

NEW YORK -- In a season filled with weather-related delays and postponements, the Mets finally encountered a rain delay they didn't mind.

The Mets scored a single-inning season-high seven runs in the rain-delayed seventh inning in Tuesday's 9-1 win over Arizona. They also tied their season-high for hits in an inning with seven. The seven runs scored in that inning were more than the team had scored in a game dating back to June 28, 2011.

"We haven't had that in a while," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I know we haven't scored a lot of runs in this ball park, so seven was pretty good. It just took an hour and a half to get them."

With the score tied at 1-1 in the seventh and rain falling hard, the Mets opened the frame with three straight hits, the latter a double by Josh Satin off the glove of Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock that gave the Mets a 2-1 edge. After Arizona starter Patrick Corbin, who entered the game 9-0, walked Andrew Brown to load the bases, the umpires stopped the game and the tarps came out.

An hour and 41 minutes passed before the game resumed, and the Mets surmised during that time that Arizona would call Brad Ziegler into the game to replace Corbin, which proved to be correct. The Diamondbacks called on the sidewinder, and starting with Anthony Recker, the Mets went to work.

Recker, who caught Ziegler in Oakland and already homered Tuesday, singled to put the Mets ahead 3-1. Omar Quintanilla and Eric Young Jr. later added two-run hits, and Juan Lagares completed the inning with an RBI single that put the Mets up 8-1. The Mets sent 11 batters to the plate in that frame.

"Obviously I had two decent at-bats off [Corbin] already so I was excited, and when they decided to put the tarp on I was a little bummed out," Recker said. "It just worked out. I was able to still put together a good at-bat after the rain delay.

That's not easy to do for sure. I was just hoping I could carry the team's momentum going forward after the break."

By breaking out the lumber in the seventh, the Mets had their biggest win at home since they trounced San Diego on opening day, 11-2. After enduring a stretch in which Citi Field has become a nightmare for their hitters, the Mets are starting to produce more in their home park.

"Everybody contributed and put together really good at-bats and did what we had to do and obviously scored some runs. It's just nice," Recker said. "We've definitely been swinging the bats a lot better. Even the last month, we weren't getting the good results, but we're starting to now. You can tell we're playing better and we're starting to win some games."

HAWKINS PASSES CY: Veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins passed Cy Young for 22nd place all-time with his 907th appearance. Hawkins threw a scoreless frame in the eighth inning.

"The trophy is named after him. It's pretty cool," Hawkins said.