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PHOENIX -- Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis celebrated his return to the major leagues with three hits, including a home run, and three RBIs in New York's 9-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Tuesday.

Nieuwenhuis singled home a run in the Mets' three-run first inning, and he hit a two-run home run in a six-run third after being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier in the day to replace injured Juan Lagares.

Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia (2-0) gave up two singles in five scoreless innings before leaving when he a blister toe on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

Left fielder Eric Young Jr. had three hits, drove in two runs and scored twice for the New York (7-7), which reached .500 for the first time this season.

Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy and third baseman David Wright added two hits apiece, and right fielder Andrew Brown had two RBIs.

Right-hander Bronson Arroyo (1-1) gave up 10 hits and nine runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Diamondbacks fell to 4-13, tying the 1998 expansion team for the worst start in franchise history.

Arizona starters have two quality starts this season, and the rotation owns a major-league-high 7.82 ERA. The Diamondbacks have been outscored by 45 runs.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt had one of three Arizona singles, the only hit that got out of the infield.

The Mets led 9-0 before the D-backs collected their first hit, Goldschmidt's single in the fourth inning.

Young, Murphy and Wright opened the game with singles off Arroyo before first baseman Lucas Duda drove in the first run with a fielder's choice grounder. Brown hit a sacrifice fly and Nieuwenhuis capped the three-run inning with a single.

Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run homer after Brown singled in a six-run sixth inning, when the Mets had six hits and sent 11 men to the plate to take a nine-run lead. Young had a two-run single and later scored on an outfield error, and Brown drove in the final run with a groundout.

Nieuwehuis was hitting .310 with two homers and eight RBIs at Triple-A Las Vegas.

NOTES: Arizona manager Kirk Gibson won a challenge of a bang-bang at first base on Diamondbacks CF A.J. Pollock's slow roller to third base. Pollock ultimately was ruled safe for an infield single. ... Mets CF Juan Lagares (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after feeling discomfort while running out a ground ball in the seventh inning of the Mets' 7-3 victory at Arizona on Monday night. ... Mets RF Curtis Granderson (left rib cage, forearm, knee contusions) did not play Tuesday after suffering his injuries when he ran into the right field fence Monday.
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