The Mets (53-61) were dealt a major blow earlier this month when Wright was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, potentially losing their best hitter for the rest of the season.
Flores has unexpectedly helped lessen the impact of the All-Star third baseman's absence.
The 22-year-old rookie from Venezuela is just 4 for 19 while New York has won four of five since he was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. However, he's collected eight RBIs while notching at least one in each of the past four contests.
"I'm still shaking a little bit," Flores told the team's official website. "I try to control myself a little bit and I think it's working."
It certainly did Saturday, when he drove in three runs on two hits to spark a 4-1 win at Arizona (59-56) after the Mets dropped the opener of this three-game set 5-4 on a walkoff homer from Paul Goldschmidt .
"He doesn't strike out. I'm sure he will one of these days, but he puts the bat on the ball," manager Terry Collins said of Flores, who hit .321 with 86 RBIs for Las Vegas.
While Flores is coming up with key hits, fellow rookie Juan Lagares is enjoying his own impressive stretch at the plate.
The center fielder is hitting .329 in 23 games since the All-Star break, and .359 over the last 10 on the road. He has three hits in this series, including a solo homer Saturday.
New York is in position to win a series at Chase Field for the first time since taking two of three May 2-4, 2008.
The Mets are expected to activate left-hander Jonathon Niese (3-6, 4.32 ERA) from the disabled list and give him his first start since June 20. A partially torn rotator cuff forced him to exit that outing at Atlanta with one out in the fourth after allowing three runs and eight hits.
Niese, who is expected to be on a strict pitch count, yielded three earned runs and nine hits while striking out 11 in 11 innings over three minor league rehabilitation starts.
Returning against the Diamondbacks may not be ideal since Niese is 1-2 with a 6.85 ERA in four career starts. He's been tagged for 11 runs and 15 hits - including three homers - over 11 innings in two outings in Phoenix.
Goldschmidt, who has career highs of 27 homers and 91 RBIs, is batting .196 with 19 strikeouts over his last 15 games. He has, however, homered on six of his last 11 hits while driving in 11 runs.
The rookie didn't fare well in his first career start Aug. 1, surrendering five runs and three homers in four innings of a 7-1 loss at Texas. He doesn't think the long layoff will be a problem.
"I'll be fine, really," Spruill told the team's official website. "I'm just worried about getting into better pitcher's counts, not falling behind. I want to throw my breaking ball and changeup a lot more consistently in the strike zone, too."
|New York Mets|
|August 03, 2013||David Wright||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|August 02, 2013||David Wright||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|July 31, 2013||Bobby Parnell||15-Day DL||Neck stiffness|
|July 30, 2013||Josh Edgin||15-Day DL||Ribcage stress fracture|
|July 26, 2013||Justin Turner||Day-to-Day||Sore right shoulder|
|July 25, 2013||Eric Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right knee|
|July 29, 2013||Miguel Montero||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|July 26, 2013||Aaron Hill||Day-to-Day||Hamstring tightness|
|July 09, 2013||Eric Chavez||Day-to-Day||Stiff right hip|
|July 01, 2013||Trevor Cahill||15-Day DL||Right hip contusion|
|June 28, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||15-Day DL||Left hand contusion|
|June 10, 2013||Matt Reynolds||15-Day DL||Strained left elbow|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Andrew Brown 's opportunities are few and far between these days and he knows he needs to make the best of them.
He certainly did that on Sunday.
Brown's three-run pinch-hit home run broke open a close game and the New York Mets beat Arizona 9-5 on Sunday.
"Whenever you get a chance you try to do something productive, whether it's moving a runner over, walking, bunting," he said, "whatever plus it can be to keep me here a little bit longer."
Jonathan Niese (4-6), in his first start since June 20, came off the disabled list to go six innings, giving up four runs and seven hits in his first win since May 16.
"I thought he got better as the game went on," New York manager Terry Collins said. "You know it's been awhile since he's been out there. I was very happy with the way he threw."
The Mets took two of three from the Diamondbacks and have won five of six.
The Mets scored four unearned runs in the first, three on first baseman Paul Goldschmidt 's fielding error with two outs and the bases loaded.
Aaron Hill 's three-run home run cut the lead to 5-4 in the third, but Brown's three-run shot made it a four-run game in the seventh.
Arizona's Cody Ross was carted off the field in the first inning with a dislocated right hip.
Ross stumbled as he approached first base while trying to beat out a grounder, then fell to the ground.
He was grimacing and grabbing his right leg as he was loaded onto the cart. After X-rays, the team announced he had dislocated his hip.
"They took him to the hospital and put it back in," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "They are doing more tests on him to make sure there is no fracture and just evaluate the damage. It is possible he could have surgery, but they have not determined that yet."
The Mets' Wilmer Flores hit his first career home run, a solo shot off Heath Bell in the ninth.
Niese, out for seven weeks with a partially torn rotator cuff, struck out five and walked one.
He called it "a relief" to be back, throwing without pain for the first time since the first few weeks of the season.
"It feels like good," Niese said. "There's nothing like pitching in the big leagues. It's good to get back out there with all the guys."
The Diamondbacks' Zeke Spruill (0-2), in his second major league start, gave up a one-out single to Juan Lagares in the first, then walked Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis to load the bases. Mike Baxter 's grounder to first deflected off Goldschmidt's glove and all three runners scored. Anthony Recker 's double brought in the fourth run.
It was the fifth error of the season for the normally reliable Goldschmidt.
"I just missed it. I was in position right there.," he said. "It is a play I make every time and right there I didn't. It hurt us, it hurt the bullpen. We had to get the bullpen in early and Zeke had to come out early due to no fault of his own. `'
After Hill's RBI double in the first cut it to 4-1, the Mets had runners at first and second with one out in the third when Omar Quintanilla singled to center. One run scored, but Cliff Pennington 's relay throw from center fielder A.J. Pollock cut down Baxter trying to score from first.
Pollock led off the Arizona fourth with a single, then Goldschmidt drew a one-out walk to bring up Hill, whose shot to left cut New York's lead to 5-4.
In the seventh, Davis drew a one-out walk - the ninth consecutive time he'd reached base - and Flores singled. Will Harris relieved Joe Thatcher and Brown's second pinch-hit homer of the season made it 8-4.
Spruill allowed five runs, just one earned, and six hits in three innings. He walked two.
Notes: Ross' injury opened the way for the major league debut of third baseman Matt Davidson , the MVP of this year's Futures Game. Davidson, called up from Triple-A Reno, entered the game when Martin Prado was moved from third to left to take Ross' place. Davidson singled to lead off the sixth for his first major league hit ... The Mets face the Dodgers in Los Angeles starting Monday, with RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 1.96) ERA on the mound for New York against RHP Ricky Nolasco (8-9, 3.95). Arizona wraps up its eight-game homestand with three interleague games against Baltimore. LHP Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56) starts the Monday night's series opener for the Diamondbacks, with RHP Scott Feldman (2-3, 5.70) on the mound for the Orioles. ... To make room for Niese, the Mets optioned RHP Jeremy Hefner to Triple-A Las Vegas. However, Hefner was sent to New York for tests on his ailing right elbow and could wind up on the DL. ... Arizona placed 3B Eric Chavez on the 15-day DL with a left knee strain.