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WSH@NYM: Gee tosses six strong frames of one-run ball

For 24 straight games until Wednesday night, D-backs starters did not earn a single victory. But on Thursday at Citi Field, veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy will be looking to make it two straight wins over the Mets for Arizona's hurlers.

Kennedy (3-4, 5.36 ERA) will have to shake off some of the rust he showed in his previous outing, however. He lasted only 4 1/3 innings against Atlanta on Saturday, which was his first start following a 10-game suspension.

Opposite Kennedy will be right-hander Dillon Gee, looking to continue a solid stretch for Mets starters at home and trying to win the four-game set for his club. In the past 18 games at Citi Field, Mets starting pitchers have posted a 3.04 ERA.

The biggest concern with Gee (6-7, 4.60 ERA) is the lingering tendinitis in his right forearm that has lasted for much of the season. It's been manageable, but it still flares up occasionally. That being said, Gee has pitched very well lately. He's given up two runs or fewer in five of his past six starts.

Gee and the Mets will be looking for their first July 4 victory at Citi Field. The club has only hosted one game on Independence Day since moving into the ballpark, a 9-2 loss to the Phillies last season. In fact, the Mets haven't won at home on July 4 since 2006, when they beat the Pirates, 7-6.

During the current homestand, which ends with Thursday's finale, the Mets have scored 28 runs in six games.

"I think anytime you start to swing the bats better, it's infectious," manager Terry Collins said. "Everybody starts to get into better at-bats, putting more quality at-bats. It's like any of the other parts of the game. When somebody starts to chip in, everybody wants to be a part of it."

The D-backs' road trip, which also concludes Thursday, had been quite the opposite. Arizona started the trip 1-7, before it rallied for a 5-3 victory on Wednesday night.

The win pushed Arizona to 43-41 -- the only NL West team that is not below .500.

D-backs: Bloomquist to DL
• D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of an injured left hand. The club recalled outfielder Tony Campana from Triple-A Reno to take his place.

"Willie's just not progressing, and we've been playing short so we made the decision that we would go the other way with him," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.

Bloomquist injured the hand on June 26 when he was hit by a Tyler Clippard pitch.

Mets: Parnell starring
• Mets closer Bobby Parnell hasn't surrendered a home run since last Aug. 4 against the Padres. That's a span of 62 innings.

"I don't think of myself as a strikeout pitcher," said Parnell, who is 5-4 with a 2.63 ERA. "I think of myself as a ground-ball pitcher, and in order for me to get ground balls, I have to throw down in the zone."

Worth noting
• In 11 at-bats against Kennedy, Mets third baseman David Wright has four hits, including a double and two home runs.

• The D-backs are 28-28 against the Mets in New York.

• The Mets' 17-26 record at home is the worst in the National League. Comments