Padres make it five

The Mets had entered the game having scored five runs all season in the first inning. They doubled that on Friday night against San Diego Padres starter Brian Lawrence. The Friars roared back with two in the third, two in the fourth and three runs in the fifth inning to take the lead and the victory, a 7-5 win.

Kerry Robinson singled to open the fifth and Terrence Long followed with a walk. After Ramon Hernandez sacrificed both runners over, Khalil Greene singled to tie the game at 5-5 chasing Mets starter Tyler Yates. Ramon Vasquez came on as a pinch hitter against Dan Wheeler and smacked a single to left on a fastball to score Long and give the Padres the lead. Sean Burroughs then took a hanging breaking ball on a 0-2 count and squirted a single just left of the second base bag to score Greene and give San Diego a 7-5 lead.

Kaz Matsui opened the game with a single off Brian Lawrence. Mike Cameron followed with a ground rule double. Mike Piazza knocked in Matsui with a sac fly. Karim Garcia singled in a run and Todd Zeile followed with a single. Lawrence then hit Jason Phillips. Eric Valent followed with the second ground rule double of the inning to put the Mets up 4-0. Danny Garcia drove in another run with the second sac fly of the inning.

The only player to swing and miss in the inning was the Mets pitcher, Tyler Yates.

"I felt decent," Lawrence said after the game. "I wasn't getting overpowered."

After Sean Burroughs had a triple stolen from him – it ended up being a ground rule double, Brian Giles put the Padres on the board. Giles took a slider down and in and smoked it into the right field stands for a two run homer.

Tyler Yates walked the bases loaded in the fourth. A two run error on Matsui, the team's league leading 18th error, cost the Mets. Giles hit a ball to short with some English on it and two runs scored when he booted the ball.

"I didn't have great command tonight," Yates said. "I felt like I had good life on my fastball and good bite on my slider. And I had a good changeup with depth. But I fell behind and then when I did go 1-2, 0-2, I couldn't make the quality pitch. I left the ball out over the plate.

The Mets did get one back in the sixth, an unearned run courtesy of a Greene error.

With Trevor Hoffman working three straight games, Akinori Otsuka pitched the ninth for the save, his first in the United States.


Lawrence's fastball was topping out at 83 on the night. The ERA for Padres starters jumped from 3.40 to 3.60 after Friday night.

Mets shortstop/second baseman Jose Reyes suffered a setback on Friday. An MRI revealed his injury had not healed. He had hoped to make an appearance at Petco.

Former Met Jay Payton had a recurring hamstring problem in 2001 and stressed patience when recovering from such injuries.

"Everyone says you pull your hamstring and you'll be fine. But it could take 3-6 weeks," Payton said. "I would say when you think you feel good, take another week."

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