Posted by Craig Mitchell at 5:08 PM
Sunday at Citi Field, the Mets entered the all-star break with a bang as Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit 3 homers as the Mets finish a three game sweep of the Dbacks 5-3. Nieuwenhuis did what no Met has ever done becoming the first Met to ever hit three homers in a home game. His first dinger came in the bottom of the 2nd inning, his 1st on the year to make it 1-0. The Dbacks tied the game in the top of the 3rd off Jonathon Niese when Chris Owings came home on a ground out by Nick Ahmed. In the bottom of the 3rd the Met power surge provided a 4-1 lead. Daniel Murphy gave the Mets the lead with a solo homer, his 5th on the year. Lucas Duda walked and then Nieuwenhuis hit his 2nd homer of the game and 2nd of the year and the Mets had a 3 run lead. Paul Goldschmidt hit an opposite field homer off Niese in the 4th to make it 4-2, for Goldschmidt his 21st on the year. Nieuwenhuis hit his 3rd dinger off the right field foul pole in the 5th for the Mets final run. In the 7th David Peralta’s RBI Single scored Yasmany Tomas to cap the scoring. Niese continued his recent resurgence going 6 2/3 allowing 5 hits all 3 runs (earned) while striking out 3. He gets the win improving to 5-8. Rubby De La Rosa took the loss dropping 6-5. Jenrry Mejia made his first appearance since his suspension retiring Owings on a fly to right. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless 8th; Jeurys Familia pitched the 9th for his 27th save on the year. Nieuwenhuis went 3 for 4 on the day with the 3 homers and 4 RBI, the obvious offensive star of the game. With the win the Mets sweep the three game set for the Diamondbacks and have now won 4 straight. They are currently 47-42 overall and 32-14 at home. The Mets go into the break trailing the Nationals by 2 games in the NL East. Jacob deGrom is off to Cincinnati to be the Met representative In the All-Star Game. The Mets have 4 days off. They are back in action on Friday night in St. Louis to start a 3 game set with the Cardinals.