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PHOENIX -- Catcher Anthony Recker hit his second home run of the season and Dillion Gee pitched seven shutout innings to help the New York Mets complete a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 5-2 victory at Chase Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Recker belted a solo homer off Brandon McCarthy (0-3) in the second inning and also doubled in the sixth, when Gee drove in the Mets' third run with a bases-loaded groundout.

Gee (1-0) retired the first 14 batters he faced and gave up three hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter while throwing 72 pitches.

Third baseman David Wright had two singles, an RBI and a stolen base and extended his hitting streak to eight games for the Mets (8-7), who are above .500 for the first time this season.

Second baseman Aaron Hill and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt opened the bottom of the ninth inning with homers off Jose Valverde to prevent Arizona's fourth shutout of the season.

Third baseman Martin Prado had three hits for Arizona (4-14), which is off to the worst start in franchise history.

The Diamondbacks did not have a baserunner until Prado doubled to left field with two outs in the fifth.

Mets right fielder Anthony Brown and second baseman Daniel Murphy had two hits each and left fielder Eric Young Jr. had a single and two stolen bases.

Mets first baseman Ike Davis singled to open the fourth inning, took second on a double by Brown and scored on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis for a 2-0 lead. Brown also had two hits.

After Brown singled and Recker doubled in the sixth, Gee followed an intentional walk with a nubber toward first base that drove in Brown for a 3-0 lead.

Murphy and Wright had RBI singles in the top of the ninth to make it 5-0.

NOTES: The Mets purchased the contract of RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from Triple-A Reno on Wednesday and outrighted LHP Jon Lannan. Matsuzaka, 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts for the Mets in 2013, will be used out of the bullpen, general manager Sandy Alderson said. ... Mets OF Chris Young (groin) joined the team in Arizona on Wednesday after going 8-for-12 in three rehab games at Triple-A Las Vegas. He is expected to be activated when eligible to return from the disabled list on Friday. ... Arizona OF Cody Ross played nine innings in the outfield on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno on Tuesday is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday for the first game of a three-game series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Ross is recovering from a fractured hip suffered last August. ... Mets RF Curtis Granderson grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, his first at-bat since suffering left forearm, rib cage and knee contusions when he collided with the right field fence chasing a double in the first inning on Monday.

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