Mets morning briefing 7.20.12

The Mets snapped a six-game losing streak on Thursday afternoon in D.C. behind two home runs and five RBIs from David Wright and a solid outing from R.A. Dickey, who won his National League-leading 13th game this year.

They’ll try to string together their first winning streak of the second half of the season on Friday night, when they open up a three-game series against the Dodgers at home with Johan Santana on the mound.

Read game recaps in the Daily News, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record and Post.

Friday’s news reports:

• Prior to Thursday’s game, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said the team will not overpay to upgrade their roster at the trade deadline.

“We're watching every day the same thing people are,” Ricco said Thursday morning. “But you also can't fool yourself into thinking that there's one guy that is going to be the be-all and end-all solution to all of our problems. You can fall into that trap and make some big mistakes. It's one of the good things about having an experienced guy like Sandy. He's been down this road before.”

GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that the Mets basically aren’t willing to part with any of their top-tier prospects, essentially only those in Class A.

Also, it seems clearly that the Mets aren’t going to become sellers -- even if they drift further out of contention for the wild card by July 31.

• Former Met phenom Scott Kazmir will be making his Atlantic League debut on Saturday night on Long Island as he tries to resurrect his career with the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Terry Collins said that Mike Baxter (collarbone) is still a ways away from re-joining the Mets.

Mike Piazza’s wife told TMZ that her husband thinks Roger Clemens was on steroids during Game 2 of the 2000 World Series.

TRIVIA: In what year did Santana win a career-high 20 games with Minnesota?

Thursday’s answer: Wright made his MLB debut at Shea Stadium, going 0-for-4 in a 5-4 Mets’ victory over the Expos on July 21, 2004.