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Series preview: Mets vs. Diamondbacks

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Associated Press/Getty ImagesThe Mets face two southpaws to open a four-game series vs. Arizona: Wade Miley and Patrick Corbin.
METS (33-45, fourth place/NL East) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (42-39, first place/NL West)

Monday: RHP Shaun Marcum (1-9, 5.08) vs. LHP Wade Miley (4-7, 4.55), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.72) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (9-0, 2.22), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Matt Harvey (7-1, 2.00) vs. RHP Randall Delgado (0-2, 4.05), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (3-4, 5.36), 1:10 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks short hops

• Closer J.J. Putz was activated from the disabled list Saturday. The ex-Met had been sidelined since May 7 with a right elbow strain, which had caused tingling in his fingers. Fellow-ex Met Heath Bell handled the closing duties for seven weeks minus Putz. Although Bell has flirted with danger, he has converted 10 of his last 11 save opportunities.


Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesJ.J. Putz returned from the disabled list Saturday.


• First baseman Paul Goldschmidt leads the NL with 67 RBIs, four ahead of runner-up Allen Craig of St. Louis. Goldschmidt’s 4.2 WAR rating ranks third in the NL, trailing only Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (5.0) and David Wright (4.5).

• Outfielder Gerardo Parra had been 1-for-20 on the road trip before producing two hits Sunday. Atlanta nonetheless completed a weekend sweep, dropping Arizona to 1-5 on its NL East tour. Parra (.301, 7 homers, 26 RBIs) has been caught stealing nine times in 15 attempts.

Patrick Corbin, while unbeaten, is bidding for his 10th win for his sixth straight start. He last earned a win June 2. In his string of five straight no-decisions, Corbin has a 2.55 ERA and .197 opponent batting average.

Arizona starters actually are winless in 22 straight games. That is the longest streak in the majors since San Diego Padres starters went winless in 25 straight games in April/May 2009, according to STATS. The streak is the second-longest in Diamondbacks history -- trailing only a 24-game winless streak by their starting pitchers in 1998.

• Right-hander Randall Delgado, who starts Wednesday, arrived with Martin Prado as well as Brandon Drury, Nick Ahmed and Zeke Spruill in the Jan. 24 trade that sent Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to the Braves. After 13 starts for Triple-A Reno, Delgado made his Diamondbacks debut June 3, coinciding with Brandon McCarthy landing on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Delgado twice has faced the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate this season. He surrendered a homer to Andrew Brown while getting charged with five runs in 3 1/3 innings on May 1. Delgado rebounded to limit Las Vegas to one run, albeit on nine hits and two walks, in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision on May 28.

McCarthy has advanced in his rehab to throwing bullpen sessions.

• Third baseman Eric Chavez (oblique) returned from the disabled list Friday. Eric Hinske, who had started only three games this season and was hitting .173, was designated for assignment to clear the roster spot for Chavez’s return.

• Outfielder Cody Ross is hitting .389 against left-handed pitching and .187 against right-handed pitching this season. He signed a three-year, $26 million contract as a free agent in December.

• Catcher Miguel Montero signed a five-year, $60 million extension last season that locks him up through 2017. It was the largest contract in Diamondbacks history. The workhorse Montero (.226, 5 HR, 27 RBIs) has started 70 of the Diamondbacks’ 81 games behind the plate, including 21 straight before Wil Nieves handled the duty Sunday.

Rapid Reaction: Braves 6, Mets 3

June, 3, 2011
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WHAT IT MEANS: Francisco Rodriguez’s saves streak is intact at 16 straight, but the closer was tagged with his second loss even while getting credited with a game finished. Eric Hinske’s solo homer in the ninth off K-Rod broke a tie and the Braves tacked on two more runs for a come-from-behind 6-3 win.

The Mets had a two-run lead entering the eighth. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, in the Mets’ last six home losses, they held a lead in the seventh inning or later. That’s a major league record.

Hinske had entered the game in the fifth inning for Jordan Schafer. Schafer bunted a ball that deflected off the bat and struck the upper lip and nose area on the right side of his face. He was forced to leave the game and was sent to the hospital for X-rays.

E-6: Jose Reyes was charged with a two-out error in the eighth inning on Alex Gonzalez’s routine grounder, which allowed the tying run, Dan Uggla, to score from second base. Jason Isringhausen had entered and walked Uggla, who was in a 4-for-54 rut (.074). A wild pitch advanced Uggla to second base.

Terry Collins had inserted Isringhausen to race Uggla even though the slumping Braves second baseman had been 0-for-3 in the game against Jon Niese and 6-for-58 (.103) against left-handed pitching this season.

The Mets have now been outscored 46-26 in the eighth inning this season.

NIESELY DONE: Niese limited Atlanta to two runs on eight hits and one intentional walk in 7 2/3 innings and departed with a one-run lead, but received a no-decision. The outing matched the third-longest of his career. Niese struck out seven in a 111-pitch outing. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his past four outings.

’LOS CAUSE: A day after passing Cleon Jones for seventh on the franchise’s RBI list, Carlos Beltran drove in Reyes with a fourth-inning single through the right side of the infield to pull the Mets even at 1. It was Beltran’s 526th RBI as a Met. The only players with more RBIs in the uniform: Darryl Strawberry (733), David Wright (682), Mike Piazza (655), Howard Johnson (629), Ed Kranepool (614) and Edgardo Alfonzo (538).

Reyes had appeared to be out attempting a leadoff triple that inning, but ump Gary Cederstrom ruled Chipper Jones’ tag was late.

Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan added RBIs later in the fourth as the Mets took a 3-1 lead.

CHIP SHOT: Jones’ leadoff homer in the eighth off Niese, which pulled Atlanta within 3-2, was his 46th career homer against the Mets, breaking a fourth-place tie with Hank Aaron (45). The only players with more career homers against the Mets: Willie Stargell (60), Mike Schmidt (49) and Willie McCovey (48).

K-ROD TRACKER: As the last Met to throw a pitch, K-Rod was credited with his 22nd game finished. He is on pace for 63 games finished, eight more than the threshold for his contract to kick in at $17.5 million for 2012.

WHAT’S NEXT: Dillon Gee, whose first major league start of 2011 came at Turner Field, with a borrowed glove and cleats because an airline lost his gear, opposes Jair Jurrjens (7-1, 1.51 ERA) on Saturday night.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187