Homestand Ends In A Loss

On a warm San Diego day, the Mets broke the San Diego Padres eight game home winning streak with a 6-2 win at Petco Park. The Mets struck first for the third time in the series and finally came away with the win. Ismael Valdez, unbeaten entering the game, took his first loss of the season.

Shane Spencer took the first pitch he saw in the second inning and stroked a solid single to right on a down and in offering. That knocked in Karim Garcia who doubled past Brian Buchanon who got a late jump on the ball.

It was the first run Ismael Valdez has given up since 22nd of April.

With no outs, Mike Cameron followed with a double off a hanging breaking ball that rattled around in the left field corner. Vance Wilson caught another hanging breaking ball and lifted it into center for a sac fly that drove in Spencer and put the Mets up 2-0. Tom Glavine then hit a base knock to the opposite field for his 74th career RBI and 202nd career hit.

Phil Nevin opened the bottom of the second with an opposite field double. Payton followed with a drive into the left field corner off the Toyota sign on a hop to bring in Nevin. Giles followed with a ground out to second that moved Payton over. Unfortunately, the Padres would not capitalize on having a man on third and one out.

Todd Zeile opened the third with a double down the line. Mike Piazza followed with a sharp liner to right that handcuffed Brian Giles and hit off his wrist. After a ground out, Spencer smoked a fastball to left to score Zeile and put the Mets up 4-1.

Sean Burroughs opened the bottom of the third and took an 0-2 pitch and smacked it into the left field corner. Burroughs, hustling all the way slid into third safely for a triple, a rarity considering he hit the ball to that side of the field. Mark Loretta drove him in with a sac fly to left to bring the Padres within two at 4-2. Brian Giles then hit a long fly into center that short hopped the fence for a double. He moved to third on a ground out and was stranded there.

Zeile added an RBI in the fourth with a ground out that scored Danny Garcia to give the Mets their three run cushion back at 5-2.

A walk to Tom Glavine in the sixth followed by an error on Jason Szuminski and a sacrifice put runners on second and third. An intentional walk followed and the bases were loaded with one out for new pitcher Eddie Oropesa. Oropesa induced an inning ending double play to end the inning.

The heat did take its toll on several players and Glavine running the bases didn't help:

"It was hot out there," Glavine said. "It was one of those situations where I probably had one more inning in terms of how I felt physically. It was hot out there and running the bases takes its toll."

Danny Garcia added a solo home run in the ninth.

Notes

The Padres are now (11-5) at PETCO Park, the most home wins in the Majors. The Friars had won eight consecutive home games losing their first since April 16 (5-0 loss to Arizona). Their eight-game home winning streak was their longest since reeling off 10 straight from June 18-July 1, 1999.

The bullpen did not allow an earned run during the homestand until the ninth inning when they allowed a homer to Garcia. Jay Witasick was the culprit.

The Pads will finally get a day off on Monday.

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