Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/12

PHOENIX -- Arizona right-hander Ian Kennedy said he tried everything against hot Ike Davis.

"I made a joke. I even hung a curveball to try something different," Kennedy said to laughter after giving up three home runs to Davis in the Diamondbacks' 6-3 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday. "I can laugh about it now. It's almost jaw-dropping. ... I've never given up three to the same guy. He made 'SportsCenter.'"

Kennedy won his third consecutive start despite giving up solo homers to Davis in the second, fourth and sixth innings. The first two, on fastballs, hit the batter's eye in center field in Chase Field. Davis hit the hanging curve deep down the right-field line in his third trip.

"He has an all-or-nothing swing. It was all," Kennedy said. "We won, and that's all that matters."

Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer in a three-run fourth inning for a 6-2 lead as Kennedy improved to 21-6 in his career after the All-Star break.

Davis, attempting to become the 15th player in the modern era to hit four homers in a game, singled to right field in the eighth inning. He was left in the on-deck circle in the ninth, when Arizona closer J.J. Putz struck out the final two Mets hitters with runners on first and second for his 19th save.

Davis had his first four-hit game and set a career high with 20 homers in a season, becoming the ninth Met to hit three homers in a game. He is hitting .216.

"I haven't really gotten too many base hits lately, but I have been driving the ball. I happened to square it up three times today," said Davis, who was born and raised in suburban Scottsdale, Ariz.

"It is bittersweet for sure," he said. "It's always good to feel good at the plate, but my ultimate goal is to win the game and tonight we didn't. I will take it as a positive and move forward, but obviously I don't want to hit .216 for my career. I want to get base hits, too, and not just home runs."

The D-backs (51-50) have won seven of the first nine games on a 10-game home stand, closing to within 4 1/2 games of NL West leader San Francisco.

The Mets (48-52) have lost eight of nine and are 2-13 since the All-star break.

Gerardo Parra had three singles and drove in two runs for Arizona. Montero and rookie Ryan Wheeler scored twice.

Davis was 4-for-4, but the rest of the Mets were 5-for-33.

"We haven't been able to come up with some offense. Today, 15 strikeouts. That is not how we swing the bat," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Kennedy struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings and, at 9-8, is above .500 for the first time since May 8. Mets starter Chris Young (2-5) gave up seven hits and six runs in four innings.

"My fastball command has been better. When you have the release point down, you have the offspeed stuff. Everything builds off that fastball," Kennedy said.

Aaron Hill doubled in Parra in the first inning before Davis tied the game with his first homer.

In the second inning, Wheeler doubled in Montero, who had walked, and Parra's two-out single made it 3-1. Wheeler, who led the minor leagues with 90 RBI when he was promoted from Class AAA Reno on July 20, had his first extra-base hit.

Davis brought the Mets within one run with his homer in the fourth, but the D-backs responded with Montero's two-run homer and Parra's run-scoring single for a 6-2 lead.

NOTES: Mets 3B David Wright hit his 199th home run Friday and, with his next homer, will join Darryl Strawberry(252) and Mike Piazza (220) as the only players to hit 200 homers in a Mets uniform. Wright is in his ninth season with the Mets. ... The Diamondbacks presented fans with a creative Justin Upton bobblehead doll Saturday, recreating Upton's broken-bat home run in a 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Sept. 19, 2011. The Upton bobblehead has the end of the bat in his hand, with the barrel lying by his feet. Upton is 3-for-12 with one homer and two RBI on his three bobblehead nights. ... Arizona center fielder Chris Young was given the day off against his namesake, Mets right-hander Chris Young. The Diamondbacks' Young is 0-for-16 with eight strikeouts and three walks in the career matchup. ... The Mets are the only team in the majors to have two players with at least 30 doubles, second baseman Daniel Murphy (31) and Wright(30).

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