Rapid Reaction: Diamondbacks 7, Mets 2

PHOENIX -- Jonathon Niese coasted into the sixth inning. Then things quickly unraveled.

Nursing a one-run lead, Niese surrendered a game-tying RBI single to Paul Goldschmidt, then a go-ahead RBI double to Yasmany Tomas. The Arizona Diamondbacks then exploded for four runs against the bullpen in the eighth and produced a 7-2 win against the New York Mets on Friday night at Chase Field. The pitches to Goldschmidt and Tomas both were considerably out of the strike zone (see here and here).

With manager Terry Collins apparently poised to return to a five-man rotation and drop a veteran starting pitcher, Niese surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings. He had allowed 23 runs (20 earned) in 20 innings over his previous four starts.

Niese is 1-6 in his past eight starts.

On the day Daniel Murphy landed on the disabled list with a left quadriceps strain, putting further strain on a depleted lineup, the Mets (30-26) dropped a half-game behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East.

Soup du jour: Eric Campbell snapped an 0-for-28 rut with a fourth-inning single against Jeremy Hellickson that gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. Rey Ordonez owns the franchise record for a position player with an 0-for-37 drought in 1997.

But the Mets did not muster another hit in the game after Campbell’s RBI single. They left the bases loaded in the fourth when Curtis Granderson struck out.

The Mets otherwise mustered only a solo homer from Michael Cuddyer in the second inning.

What’s next: Bartolo Colon looks to become the first major league pitcher to nine wins. Colon (8-3, 4.72 ERA) opposes right-hander Chase Anderson (1-1, 3.26) at 10:10 p.m. ET Saturday.