Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Michael Conforto had a pair of RBI singles and Dominic Smith slugged a solo homer, his third of the season. Amed Rosario went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Brandon Nimmo doubled, walked three times and scored twice.
2) Chris Flexen allowed two runs over a career-high six innings to win for the third time in four starts. The 23-year-old surrendered six hits, four walks and struck out five.
3) Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald combined to throw two scoreless innings of relief. AJ Ramos struck out two in the ninth to pick up his 23rd save and third with the Mets.
News and notes...
The Mets snapped a six-game losing streak against the Diamondbacks dating back to last season.
Terry Collins' 536th win as Mets manager tied Bobby Valentine for second on the franchise's all-time list. Davey Johnson is first with 595.
Three of the New York's last six first-round picks were in the starting lineup: Nimmo (2011), Smith (2013) and Conforto (2014). Gavin Cecchini (2012) is on the 25-man roster while Matt Harvey (2010) is currently on the disabled list.
Flexen (3-2) has a 4.09 ERA in his last four starts after allowing eight earned runs in six innings in his first two Major League appearances.
Yoenis Cespedes was given the day off.
Highlights from the game...
The Mets (55-70) go for the series split against the Diamondbacks (69-58) at Citi Field on Thursday at 12 p.m. on SNY.
Rafael Montero (2-8, 5.47 ERA, 1.73 WHIP) goes for his second consecutive win in the series finale. The 27-year-old picked up his third career win after allowing one run in six innings against the Marlins on Saturday, his second consecutive strong start. Montero allowed a game-winning homer to Arizona's Chris Herrman leading off the 11th inning on May 17.
Robbie Ray (9-5, 3.11 ERA 1.23 WHIP) returns to the active roster after taking a line drive off his head on July 28. Prior to that outing, the 25-year-old had a 2.26 ERA in his previous 11 starts dating back to May 20. Ray has allowed one earned run in 17 innings (0.53 ERA) in three career starts against the Mets.