PHOENIX — Merrill Kelly struck out a career-high 10, Ketel Marte hit a long homer and had three RBIs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Mets 7-1 on Sunday.
Marte hit his first career leadoff home run against Steven Matz (4-4), a 482-foot shot that matched Texas’ Nomar Mazara for longest in the majors this season. He added a two-run single in the eighth.
Eduardo Escobar also hit a two-run shot in the first inning and Kelly (5-6) held the struggling Mets to six hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Wilson Ramos homered and Amed Rosario had three hits for New York. Matz was the only other player with a hit for the Mets, who lost for the 17th time in their last 21 road games.
Kelly was sharp after allowing four earned runs each of his past two starts.
The right-hander gave up Ramos’ solo homer in the second inning, but had the Mets swinging through his big-breaking curveball most of the day.
Kelly was lifted after Rosario beat shortstop Nick Ahmed’s throw for his third single.
Matz allowed two earned runs or less in his previous three straight starts.
He gave up more than that in the first inning against the Diamondbacks.
Marte led off with a homer that landed on the concourse in left-center for the sixth-longest in Chase Field history. Escobar lifted his two-run shot just over the left field wall into the Diamondbacks’ bullpen to put Arizona up 3-0.
Arizona scored two more runs off Matz in the fifth inning on four straight two-out singles to go up 5-1.
The left-hander allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out five in six innings.
Mets: 1B Dominic Smith was a late scratch due to a sore right thumb. Aaron Altherr replaced him in the lineup and played left field and Pete Alonso moved to first base.
Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta (shoulder) could be activated on Monday after getting nine plate appearances in extended spring training on Saturday.
Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.90 ERA) has won his last three starts with a 1.17 ERA against San Francisco. He will face Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday.
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (4-2, 3.59) is 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 56 strikeouts in eight starts heading into Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.AlertMe