Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Diamondbacks 3
By Adam Rubin
PHOENIX -- The Mets won the ballgame and lost two outfielders on Monday night.
Curtis Granderson departed in the sixth inning with bruises to his left forearm, rib cage and knee and Juan Lagares departed an inning later with a pulled right hamstring in the Mets’ 7-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Granderson crashed into the outfield wall attempting to catch an RBI double from Miguel Montero in the first inning. X-rays taken after he departed were negative.
Lagares suffered the injury running to first base on a seventh-inning grounder and immediately departed.
The loss of two outfielders prompted Lucas Duda to be placed in the outfield for the first time since last June 16. The Mets had planned to get Duda outfield work during spring training, but a hamstring strain during camp prevented that exposure.
Andrew Brown took over in right field.
At the plate, Duda went 4-for-5 with two RBIs.
Duda’s four hits matched his career high. His third-inning RBI single against Arizona starter Josh Collmenter gave the Mets a 3-2 lead.
Lagares extended his hitting streak to nine games with a second-inning double. That pushed Duda to third base, allowing him to score the Mets’ opening run on Ruben Tejada's groundout.
Zack Wheeler won for the first time since Aug. 31, 2013, snapping a personal five-game winless streak. He allowed two runs on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.
Carlos Torres inherited a 5-2 lead from Wheeler and finished the game to earn his first major-league save.
What’s next: Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 4.09 ERA) opposes fellow righthander Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 4.82) at 9:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday.