Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Arizona rookie right-hander Barry Enright turned in eight solid innings following a shaky start, and the Diamondbacks beat the New York Mets, 3-2, in the second portion of a three-game series at Chase Field.
Enright (2-2), making just his fourth career start, limited New York to one run on five hits, walked one and struck out eight. He also recorded his first major league hit as well as his first RBI.
“I was attacking hitters from the beginning,” Enright said. “The first two guys got on, but I never lost that aggressiveness.”
Justin Upton hit a solo home run and Gerardo Parra stroked an RBI triple for the Diamondbacks, who posted a 13-2 win Monday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Josh Thole and Angel Pagan both homered for the Mets, who have been held to four or fewer runs in 11 straight games, going 3-8 during that span.
R.A. Dickey gave up three runs on seven hits over seven innings to take the loss. The knuckleballer is 0-4 in his past five outings after starting the 2010 campaign 6-0 over his first seven trips to the mound.
Juan Gutierrez replaced Enright in the ninth and surrendered a home run to Pagan to begin the inning. He then got David Wright to fly out before fanning both Carlos Beltran and Ike Davis to earn his third save.
It was an unsettling first inning for Enright. Jose Reyes and Pagan hit back- to-back singles to open the game. One out later, Beltran walked to load the bases, but Enright escaped the jam by striking out both Davis and Jason Bay.
“We gave ourselves a big opportunity in the first…we were hoping to get something started at that point,” said New York manager Jerry Manuel.
Upton’s 16th home run of the season gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead with two outs in the bottom of the third.
Arizona orchestrated another two-out rally the next inning. Chris Snyder drew a walk to keep the frame alive, and Parra followed with a triple to center field. Enright then beat out a soft grounder to third for an infield single, extending the lead to 3-0.
Enright was cruising along on the hill after the opening frame, retiring 14 batters in a row through the fifth.
Thole’s first major league home run put New York on the board to start the eighth.
The Mets are 4-11 in their last 15 road games…Adam LaRoche and Stephen Drew each had two hits for Arizona.