Despite three solo homers, the Mets dropped their third straight game, 6-3, in the first of four against the Diamondbacks on Thursday night at Chase Field.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario homered for the Mets, who scored in more than one inning for the first time in 10 games. Of the last 21 home runs New York has hit, 17 have been solo shots. Dominic Smith singled for New York's only other hit.
2) Jason Vargas (2-5) surrendered three runs on five hits -- two homers -- and two walks while striking out five in five innings. The southpaw was removed after tossing 73 pitches -- 46 for strikes.
3) Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald combined to allow a run in the seventh on three walks and a hit. Jacob Rhame surrendered two solo homers in the eighth. Brought in to face left-handers, Blevins allowed a single and hit a batter to load the bases in front of Sewald's bases-loaded walk.
News and notes...
The Mets lost for the 11th time in 12 games and for the 16th time in their last 19 overall. Since opening the season 11-1, New York has the worst record in the Majors at 17-36 (.321).
The Mets lost for the first time in four tries to the Diamondbacks after completing a sweep at home from May 18-20. They have lost five straight in Arizona and are 1-6 at Chase Field dating back to the start of 2016.
New York's offense is hitting .136 (52-for-381) and has scored 18 runs while striking out 114 times in its last 11 games. The club has scored 13 runs in their last 95 innings.
Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts to extend his hitless streak to 14 at-bats. Todd Frazier is 5-for-42 (.119) with 15 strikeouts in his last 11 games. Three of Rosario's four home runs this year have come against Arizona, including two on May 20.
Left-handed batters are hitting .351 (13-for-37) against Blevins in 2018. He limited lefties to a .197 average (24-for-122) last season.
The Mets' bullpen has a 6.82 ERA in its last 19 games.
Tim Peterson was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Chris Beck, who was claimed off waivers Wednesday.
The Mets (28-37) continue their four-game series with the Diamondbacks (38-30) on Friday night at Chase Field at 9:30 p.m. on SNY.
Seth Lugo (2-1, 1.77 ERA/2.61 FIP, 47 K, 0.854 WHIP) makes his third start of the year after tossing 10 scoreless innings in his first two. The right-hander blanked the Yankees on two hits over six frames Sunday night while tying his career high with eight strikeouts. Lugo has surrendered one run over 5 1/3 innings across three relief appearances against the Diamondbacks in his career.
Zack Godley (6-5, 4.97 ERA/4.61 FIP, 70 Ks, 1.542 WHIP) looks to shake a stretch that has seen him alternate good and bad outings over his last six starts. The right-hander allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings to beat the Rockies Sunday, but he was lit for seven runs in 3 1/3 the start prior. Godley was charged with three runs -- one earned -- in a loss to the Mets on May 18. He has a 2.08 ERA in five career appearances -- four starts -- against New York.