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PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 26: Andres Torres #56 of the New York Mets slides into home plate under the tag of Miguel Montero #26 the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 26, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 26: Andres Torres #56 of the New York Mets slides into home plate under the tag of Miguel Montero #26 the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 26, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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PHOENIX (AP) _ Josh Collmenter pitched six innings and drove in
a run during Arizona’s six-run second and the Diamondbacks beat the
reeling New York Mets 11-5 on Friday night.

Willie Bloomquist had two RBI singles for the Diamondbacks, who
have won six of seven.

Collmenter (3-2), who allowed five runs, seven hits and a walk
with five strikeouts, got stronger as the game continued. He
retired the final seven batters he faced.

Ike Davis and David Wright homered for the Mets, who have lost
13 of 15.

Jonathon Niese (7-5) turned out to be his own worst enemy. After
loading the bases in the second with a two-run lead, he walked
Henry Blanco to cut New York’s lead to 2-1 and Collmenter singled
to tie the game.

Bloomquist followed with a ground ball near the third-base line.
Niese sprinted off the mound to corral the ball, spun and tried to
fire the ball to first but his throw bounced once in the grass
yards short of the bag and rolled down the right-field line as all
three runners scored and Bloomquist sprinted to third.

Collmenter scored on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Hill. Left fielder
Jason Bay finally ended the inning when he tumbled head first into
the stands in foul territory as he caught Jason Kubel’s high fly
ball.

Niese allowed eight runs _ six earned _ and nine hits with five
strikeouts and a walk.

Davis gave the Mets a 1-0 lead with a home run to right leading
off the second. Daniel Murphy then doubled and scored on Andres
Torres’ two-out single to center.

Wright’s towering three-run homer in the third followed singles
by Ruben Tejada and Jordany Valdespin and pulled New York within
6-5. The home run, his 16th, snapped an 0-for-15 slump.

Bloomquist hit his second run-scoring single in the fourth and
Paul Goldschmidt singled home Kubel in the fifth to stretch
Arizona’s lead to 8-5. Justin Upton added an RBI single and Chris
Young lined a two-out double to left in the seventh against Elvin
Ramirez to make it 11-5.

NOTES: The teams had played seven straight games won by two runs
or less since Aug. 12, 2011. . The Diamondbacks have scored six or
more runs in an inning four times this season. . Davis has hit 12
of his team-high 17 homers on the road. . Bay finished 0-for-4 and
is hitless in his last 15 at-bats. He is 4-for-30 since returning
from the DL on July 17. .. Niese had won five of his past seven
decisions. . Mets closer Frank Francisco (oblique), on a minor
league rehab assignment, earned the save for Double-A Binghamton in
a 2-1 win against Portland in the first game of a doubleheader.
Francisco allowed one hit and no runs while throwing 16 of his 21
pitches for strikes. … Mets OF Mike Baxter (collarbone, rib) went
1-for-4 with a single for Triple-A Buffalo at Louisville. He played
nine innings in left field. … RHP Chris Young takes the mound on
Saturday night for the Mets against RHP Ian Kennedy. Young pitched
a season-high seven innings but took a no-decision in New York’s
8-2 loss to Washington on July 23. He has not faced Arizona since
April 6, 2010 as a member of the San Diego Padres. Kennedy will be
making his 100th career appearance.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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