Cold 'Soup' no longer? Eric Campbell heats up

PHOENIX -- Third baseman Eric Campbell recently endured an 0-for-28 drought, which came within nine at-bats of matching Rey Ordonez’s franchise futility record for a position player.

Two days after snapping that skid, he delivered a two-run homer on Sunday to help lead the New York Mets to a 6-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

“A lot of thoughts go through your head,” Campbell said about the hitless streak. “You just try to remind yourself it’s never as bad as it seems -- tomorrow is always a new day no matter how much you struggle. When you play 162 games, you just hope to get more chances. Thankfully they’ve stuck with me and have given me a lot of confidence to play, which is nice.”

Campbell had more to think about on Sunday. He committed a first-inning error on a wide throw to second base while trying to initiate a double-play turn on Paul Goldschmidt’s grounder. That helped lead to two runs in the inning (one unearned) against Jacob deGrom.

However, Campbell delivered a two-run homer a half-inning later against Josh Collmenter to stake the Mets to a 3-2 lead.

“I thought it was huge for him,” manager Terry Collins said. “He’s gone through such a rough stretch at the plate. With David [Wright] being out, this is really a great opportunity for Eric to show everybody he belongs here. And he had such a tough time. And then he made the error. I thought that [homer] was really huge for him.”

Said Campbell: “The home run doesn’t take [the error] away. I’ve always been more pissed when I make an error defensively than when I strike out or anything like that because you’re making the pitch count rise, you’re hurting the starting pitcher. Offensively you just try to do everything you can to make up for it, I guess.”

Campbell, who snapped the hitless drought Friday, had his second straight two-hit game in the series finale. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Mets took over sole possession of first place.

“I feel as good as I’ve felt in my career right now,” Campbell said. “I’m just going to try to ride it out and see how it goes.”