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Garcia's HR starts the onslaught

NEW YORK (AP) -- All Danny Garcia wants is a chance. Now he
figures to get it.

Filling in at second base for injured Jose Reyes on Friday
night, Garcia made the most of it, driving in four runs in the New
York Mets' 10-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He hit a three-run home run to get the Mets started in the
second inning and then beat out an infield hit for another RBI in a
five-run third. The four RBI came on a night the Mets placed Reyes
on the disabled list with a stress fracture of his left fibula. He
is expected to miss four to six weeks.

"I have an opportunity," Garcia said. "Now we'll see what
happens."

Richard Hidalgo and Mike Cameron also connected for the Mets as
the Diamondbacks dropped their eighth straight game and their 82nd
this season, guaranteeing the team that won the World Series in
2001 a sub-.500 season.

Kris Benson (9-9) earned the victory, his first for the Mets
after being acquired from Pittsburgh on July 30. He was tagged for
three home runs and eight hits over seven innings, striking out
five and walking two.

"I struggled with my fastball command all day," Benson said.
"The runs were going to come at some point. We scored them on a
night I needed them."

Manager Art Howe was pleased with Benson's effort.

"He gave us seven good innings," he said. "It was a quality
outing. He got through the seventh, which is important. We only had
to use the bullpen for two innings."

Garcia got the Mets started early.

Jason Phillips walked with one out in the second and Joe McEwing
doubled him to third. After Benson flied out, Garcia jumped on the
first pitch from loser Casey Fossom (2-12), hitting a three-run
homer into the left-field bleachers.

"I thought he would try to get ahead of me," Garcia said. "I
hit a good pitch."

"Danny really got us going," Howe said. "You know he's going
to give you everything he has. You have to like his effort."

In the third, Hidalgo homered into the left-field bullpen with
one out, touching off a five-run rally. Cameron walked and David
Wright singled. After a double steal, Phillips bounced to Fossom,
who retired Cameron at the plate. McEwing was intentionally walked,
loading the bases, and then Benson walked, forcing in a run.

That finished Fossom. Elmer Dessens relieved and Garcia followed
with an RBI infield single, making it 6-0. Then Todd Zeile doubled,
knocking in two more runs.

"Again, we're down 8-0 in the third inning," Arizona manager
Al Pedrique said. "That hurts. Our offense swung the bats well but
sometime we've got to get a lead and give ourselves a chance."

The Diamondbacks have not had a lead since last Saturday.

Scott Hairston homered for Arizona in the fifth.

An inning later, Alex Cintron singled and scored on a double by
Danny Bautista. Then ex-Met Carlos Baerga homered, making it 8-4.

The Mets came right back against reliever Steve Sparks. Cliff
Floyd opened the sixth with a single and one out later, Cameron hit
his 25th home run of the season, tying a career high.

But Cintron's two-run homer in the seventh made it 10-6.

Game notes
Hidalgo's home run was his 19th of the season and 15th for
the Mets since being acquired from Houston on June 17. ... Wright
had his first major league stolen base on the back end of a double
steal with Cameron in the third inning. ... McEwing reached base
three times on two hits and a walk. ... Hairston's homer was his
eighth of the season. ... Baerga hit his second. ... Mets reliever
Mike Stanton appeared in his 64th game.