Mets pile on Diamondbacks, take three of four in series

Kodai Senga combined with two relievers on a four-hitter Thursday afternoon as the host New York Mets damaged the Arizona Diamondbacks’ wild-card hopes with an 11-1 win.Jeff McNeil (home run), Brandon Nimmo (double) and DJ Stewart (single) all had two-RBI hits for the Mets (68-78), who won the last three games of the four-game series. Pete Alonso and Francisco Alvarez each delivered RBI doubles and Jonathan Arauz added a three-run homer in the eighth.The loss Thursday cost the Diamondbacks (76-72) a chance to regain sole possession of the third and final National League wild-card spot. Arizona is tied with the Cincinnati Reds, who lost to the Detroit Tigers 8-2 earlier Thursday.Merrill Kelly (11-7) took the loss after giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks while striking out seven over five innings.Senga (11-7) walked two and struck out 10. The Diamondbacks didn’t get a runner beyond first against Senga until the sixth, when Emmanuel Rivera hit a leadoff single and Ketel Marte and Tommy Pham drew consecutive two-out walks. Senga then retired Christian Walker on a flyout.Phil Bickford threw a perfect seventh before Jake McCarthy broke up the shutout bid with an RBI double in the eighth against Jeff Brigham.