Davis clubs three homers for Mets
Ike Davis hit three home runs for the New York Mets against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Davis connected in his first three...
PHOENIX — Ike Davis hit three home runs for the New York Mets against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
Davis connected in his first three at-bats, all solo shots off starter Ian Kennedy. The first baseman leads the Mets with a career-high 20 home runs this season. He has three career multihomer games.
New York managed nothing else on offense and lost 6-3, the Mets' 14th defeat in 16 games.
"It's bittersweet, for sure," Davis said.
He became the ninth Mets player to hit three homers in a game, all on the road. Carlos Beltran was the last to do it, on May 12, 2011, at Colorado.
Davis homered to center field in the second and fourth. He pulled a drive down the right-field line in the sixth inning, making him the seventh major-leaguer to go deep at least three times in a game this season.
With a chance to tie the major-league record of four homers in a game, Davis singled to right field in the eighth inning against David Hernandez.
• Slumping Texas star Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup against the Chicago White Sox because manager Ron Washington wants to give the outfielder a mental break. Hamilton is batting .145 in July and was booed by his home fans Friday after striking out twice.
• The White Sox acquired left-hander Francisco Liriano from the Minnesota Twins for shortstop Eduardo Escobar and pitching prospect Pedro Hernandez. Liriano, 28, is 3-10 this season with a 5.31 earned-run average in 22 appearances — 17 starts.
• Carl Crawford was out of Boston's starting lineup against the New York Yankees and said his balky elbow may need ligament-replacement surgery.
• Kris Medlen is replacing Jair Jurrjens in the Atlanta Braves' rotation and will start Tuesday against the Marlins.