D-backs use six-run second to leap past Mets

D-backs use six-run second to leap past Mets

D-backs use six-run second to leap past Mets
PHOENIX -- Sometimes the most damaging plays begin in the most harmless ways. In a tie game Friday with the bases loaded in the second inning, Willie Bloomquist swung at a full-count fastball in on his hands and ended up plating three runs while landing on third base.

But the veteran infielder didn't clear the bases via a line drive into the gap. Instead, he used a swinging bunt down the third-base line and an errant throw from Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese to change the D-backs' fortunes in a big way.

The D-backs swung the momentum with a six-run inning, digging themselves out of an early deficit en route to defeating the Mets, 11-5, at Chase Field.

"We haven't gotten very many of those [breaks] all year long, but that one came at the right time," Bloomquist said. "It's a big break on just a terrible swing that trickled out there in the right spot. I was in two-strike mode and he threw me a good pitch. I just tried to at least foul it off, but I roped it pretty good down the third-base line, apparently."

The victory marked the club's eighth win in its last 12 games to move to 50-50 on the season. In each of those recent eight wins, the D-backs have scored at least five runs, totaling double digits three times.

Bloomquist and Chris Young each collected two hits and drove in two runs, while every player in the lineup besides Henry Blanco recorded a hit.

"We just manufactured some runs while trying to keep the pressure on them," Young said. "They put a couple on us early and we're able to push back. Everybody came through collectively."

The win came in spite of a shaky outing from Josh Collmenter, who finished his night after six innings, having surrendered five earned runs on seven hits while striking out five. Before Friday, Collmenter had only given up five runs over his previous 36 1/3 innings.

"It was one of those nights when the offense bailed me out," Collmenter said. "They did a great job for covering for the lack of pitching. I just wanted to make sure I could get through it and really turn it over from a bad start to a so-so start."

The 26-year-old did just that, holding the Mets scoreless on one hit after the third inning.

"He really kept his composure," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson. "He did a great job. That guy has got ice in his veins. He's very calm and on task, regardless of the circumstances."

Former Arizona State standout Ike Davis got to Collmenter first in the second inning courtesy of a solo shot to right field. Later in the frame, the Mets extended their lead on Andres Torres' two-out RBI single.

The D-backs didn't trail very long, though. After Blanco walked with the bases loaded and Collmenter helped his cause with an RBI single, Bloomquist hit his slow roller to third base, forcing Niese to grab the ball and make an awkward spinning throw toward first base.

"I think everybody in the ballpark, including myself, knew that I shouldn't have thrown that ball," Niese said. "It was one of those things where I wanted to make the play so bad. When I picked up the ball, I kind of fell off balance there and mid-throw I was like, 'I shouldn't have thrown this.'"

The ball sailed wide of Davis and into right-field foul territory, and the D-backs had their first lead.

But just as quick as Collmenter was given a large lead, the pitcher squandered most of it the next inning. After two singles began the third frame, David Wright homered to left field to close the gap to 6-5.

"They were pesky all night," Collmenter said. "They had some soft hits and then they crushed a couple pitches I left out over the plate. It was frustrating."

But in lasting six innings, Collmenter managed to save his bullpen from enduring another extended workload. And after being a part of the bullpen for most of the season, the righty knew how much the extra rest would help.

"I have a new outlook after seeing what those guys go through," he said. "A lot of times it goes unnoticed to the fans how much they pitch. I know every inning I go out there saves them and does them a favor."

The D-backs proceeded to tack on runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to break the game open as Brad Ziegler and Craig Breslow tossed the final three frames to secure the win.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.