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NYM@COL: Gee fans seven over seven innings in win

Speed kills, and if the Mets don't watch out, it might just get them, too.

The Mets open a series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday at Citi Field, and they'll have to watch out for what Arizona can do on the basepaths. The D-backs lead the National League with 23 stolen bases this season.

D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra leads the charge with eight swiped bags, tied for fourth in the NL.

Mets catcher Josh Thole had a nice night behind the plate on Tuesday, throwing out two of four Houston runners attempting to steal bases, but he couldn't catch Jordan Schafer on Wednesday afternoon, allowing him to steal second base in the first inning. Thole has thrown out just six of 23 runners attempting to steal on the season.

The Mets haven't been a prolific base-stealing team themselves, with David Wright leading the team with three stolen bases. And, Arizona catcher Miguel Montero has allowed just five of 11 runners to steal on him this season.

Trying to keep the D-backs from running all over the place in the series opener on Friday will be Mets starter Dillon Gee. The Mets right-hander is 2-2 so far this season, with a 4.85 ERA. He's struck out at least five batters in each of his four starts this season.

Kicking off the series for Arizona will be rookie Wade Miley, who has appeared in five games this season but started just two. In those two starts, though, Miley has been almost untouchable. He's allowed no earned runs on just three hits and three walks in 12 1/3 innings. He's struck out 13 batters in the two starts.

Miley was named the NL's Rookie of the Month for April on Wednesday.

D-backs: Breslow stranding runners
With the D-backs up, 4-3, in the eighth inning Wednesday night against the Nationals, Craig Breslow entered the game with runners on first and second with no outs.

He then proceeded to get Adam LaRoche to fly out to right field, then struck out Jesus Flores and Danny Espinosa to end the frame.

"It's a tough situation," Breslow said. "The most important thing in that situation is just take it one pitch at a time, try to get a ground ball, maybe get a double play, and then just worry about one guy on third with two outs, and not kind of get an overwhelmed feeling like you have to get three outs before you give up something. I felt like I executed some pretty good pitches."

Breslow has a 2.19 ERA in 11 games and just two of eight runners he's inherited have scored this year.

Mets: Santana progressing nicely
Mets manager Terry Collins said he was very pleased with how Johan Santana -- who is scheduled to start for the Mets on Saturday -- has returned from his shoulder injury.

"Obviously, because he's Johan Santana, there were expectations," Collins said. "But due to the seriousness of the injury that he had, and the operation, everybody was hoping we were going to get quality innings out of him. And he's gone above and beyond it all. I said in Spring Training that if anybody can come back from this, he'd be the guy. And he has."

• With their loss in Houston on Wednesday, the Mets were swept for the first time this season. They had been involved in sweeps twice prior to the series with the Astros, sweeping the Braves to open the season, and sweeping the Marlins later in April.

Worth noting
• Wright has hit .266 against the D-backs over the course of his career, but he has hit more home runs against Arizona (12) than any other team not from the National League East. Comments