PHOENIX -- Better. But still not good enough.
The Arizona Diamondbacks lost their sixth straight and franchise-worst eighth straight at home as the New York Mets completed a three-game series sweep, 5-2 in front of 19,673 at Chase Field Wednesday afternoon.
It marked the third time the D-backs had been swept this season.
"We played poorly; continue to play poorly," manager Kirk Gibson said after his team was outscored 43-16, including 21-5 by the Mets, during a winless six-game homestand.
Starter Brandon McCarthy (0-3) was decent, but fell an out shy of what would've been the Diamondbacks' third quality start of the year. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, including a home run. Anthony Recker's solo blast in the second was the sixth McCarthy has allowed this season, which is tied for the most in baseball.
Meanwhile, right-hander Dillon Gee (1-0) retired the first 14 batters he faced and Mets pitchers kept the D-backs off the scoreboard until the ninth inning when Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt hit back-to-back home runs off of Jose Valverde, a one-time Diamondbacks closer.
The Mets scored a run in each of the second, fourth and sixth innings before adding two insurance runs in the ninth to seal their third straight win.
"I wasn't sharp, but I felt like I did at least what I set out to do," McCarthy said. "The way we've been going it was just trying to go as deep as you can, minimize damage, just get something to slowly turn us."
At 4-14, the D-backs are off to their worst start in club history.
"There's no easy answer," Goldschmidt said. "We're not playing well. It's just something that happens."
Gerardo Parra went 1-for-4 and is now hitting .293 (12-for-41) in 10 games as the leadoff hitter.
Martin Prado had three hits in his final three at-bats to snap a 1-for-17 skid that included nine strikeouts.
Brad Ziegler pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning and has now held his opponents scoreless in seven of his last eight appearances.
The Diamondbacks hit back-to-back home runs for the first time this season. For Hill, his first homer of the season ended a 5-for-35 (.143) stretch. Goldschmidt, meanwhile, went 2-for-4 and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games (.300).
A night after being no-hit for three innings, the Diamondbacks went 4.2 innings before their first hit, a two-out double by Prado in the fifth inning.
The Diamondbacks committed two ninth-inning throwing errors (Addison Reed and Miguel Montero), the team's 14th and 15th errors of the season.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Monday -- their one and only lead of the series -- the Diamondbacks were outscored 21-2.
After the Mets stole four bases Wednesday, Diamondbacks catchers are now 1-for-19 throwing out runners this season.
The Diamondbacks are 1-12 when the opponent scores first.
STAT OF THE GAME
.336: The Mets' batting average during the three-game series; they were 35-for-104, including two home runs.
HE SAID IT
"I don't know what we're in need of besides playing better baseball; exorcism or something," McCarthy said. "We've crossed over into that bad side. Obviously morale is low and you've got a team that's fighting and doing everything they can to get out of it, but we just can't seem to climb out of it really in any sense. I don't know what it will take, but right now we're still searching."
• It was the Diamondbacks' first winless homestand of at least six games since May 7-12, 2010 against the Brewers and Dodgers.
• For the second time this season, the Diamondbacks played with the roof closed; yet it was only 83 degrees outside at first pitch.
• With 19,673 in attendance this afternoon, five of the Diamondbacks' first 10 games at Chase Field have drawn fewer than 20,000 fans.
• Gibson said "it's a good guess" that Cody Ross will be activated off the disabled list on Friday and the corresponding roster move will involve a pitcher as the Diamondbacks, according to Gibson, will carry 13 position players and 12 pitchers.
Following a much-needed off day, the Diamondbacks start a seven-game road trip with stops in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers and Chicago to play the Cubs.
Wade Miley (2-2, 5.04) will get the ball in the opener of the three-game series against the Dodgers on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 with pregame coverage beginning 30 minutes earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
This will be Miley's third start against the Dodgers. He lost the season opener in Australia and then dropped an 8-5 decision in his most recent outing, allowing five runs in five innings on April 12. Miley will be opposed by right-hander Zack Greinke (3-0, 2.76).
The Diamondbacks are winless in five meetings against the Dodgers this season.