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D-backs With Amazing Remedy After Latest Win

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Flushing NY – After Thursday, the Arizona Diamondbacks will have played 25 consecutive games against NL West opponents. Why is that important? After their second straight win by a final score of 7-4 over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday night, the games that count are against teams in their division.

The NL wildcard is the only opportunity for the Diamondbacks, and obvious because the Los Angeles Dodgers have run away with the division and have shown they are the team to beat this year. But the Diamondbacks arrived in New York for a four-game series after being swept in three games by the Minnesota Twins.

The Mets are struggling and out of contention. Playing a team that is looking at next year at times works and at times it can backfire, but the last two games it has been all Arizona and that is the remedy they need. Every win counts this time of year and the D-backs are fighting for one of two wildcard spots in the NL.

The race is with Colorado, with the Diamondbacks and Rockies tied for the top wildcard spot. Milwaukee still has the outside chance to win the NL central division, a 2.5 margin between the Brewers and Chicago Cubs and Arizona also has to fight them off in the wildcard standings.

Tuesday night, the Diamondbacks hit two more home run balls off Mets pitching, now 13 straight games against the Mets there has been a Diamondbacks home run against New York. J.D. Martinez hit his 26th with a three-run shot in the first inning and Adam Rosales hit his fifth, a solo shot in the fourth.

Martinez, acquired from Detroit, over his last 27 games has hit 15 extra-base hits that includes four doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 25 RBI.  Rosales hit his first home run since June 15th against the Chicago White Sox.

And in a nutshell it is all about a team contribution that has the Diamondbacks inching closer to another postseason.

“Leadership on this team is fantastic,” Rosales said. “We keep getting it together.” That home run was the beginning of insurance for an Arizona team that is 10-1 in their last eleven games against the Mets, They have also outscored New York 72-39 during that span.

Teams going in opposite directions, but the Diamondbacks can relate to the Mets issues with the injuries that occurred to their starting rotation. A similar situation happened in the desert last season and the Diamondbacks, who finished last a year ago, started to rebuild.

Patrick Corbin, the lefthander came into Tuesday’s start with a career high 16.1 inning scoreless streak. His 8.0 innings and one run earned got him his 11th win. Amed Rosario, the Mets rookie hit a Corbin fastball that went beyond the left-center field fence and that broke a 20-⅓ scoreless streak in the fourth inning.

He has now defeated every NL team except for the one that he is helping to get to the postseason.

“Tried to keep them off balance,” he said about the Mets lineup. “I’m attacking the zone. Just coming up with a game plan and sticking to it.”  Corbin also became the first D-backs pitcher to have consecutive 8.0 plus innings on the mound while on the mound since Ian Kennedy in 2013.

For the Mets, it’s looking at the rookies. Rosario had the home run and Dominic Smith hit a run scoring double in the ninth inning.  This is baseball in late August and for the Diamondbacks looking at a four-game sweep will put them there again after that series with the Twins.

The Mets and their youngsters are playing for next year. But in the desert it’s all about looking to another post season as the Diamondbacks look to make it three straight over New York Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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