San Diego-The San Diego Padres have struggled this season in large part due to the worst offense in baseball. The Padres had averaged 2.93 runs per game when they opened their series against the New York Mets on Friday night, but they have had an offensive outburst over the last two days. The Padres (42-55) scored four runs on Friday night in a loss to the Mets, and exploded for six runs (including three homers) in a 6-0 victory over the Mets (46-51) last night.
The Padres grabbed the early lead in the top of the second inning when Yasmani Grandal homered off of Mets' starter Dillon Gee. Grandal's 11th homer of the year was a solo shot, giving the Friars a 1-0 lead. Gee ran into more trouble in the third when the Padres got two men on ahead of Chase Headley. Headley singled to left center field to bring home Padres' starter Tyson Ross with the second run, and a third scored after Kirk Nieuwenhuis threw to third base with no one there to receive the throw. The Padres expanded their lead to 4-0 when Wil Venable delivered a solo shot against Gee in the fourth inning. Gee (L, 4-2) had a rough day, allowing four runs on five hits in five innings of work. Gee struck out eight men in the outing, but it didn't help because the Mets' couldn't figure out Ross.
Ross (W, 8-10) stifled the Mets' bats for seven innings. Ross didn't allow a run and scattered four hits and three walks while striking out six. The Padres gave him some of his biggest run support on the season, including a third home run when Seth Smith homered in the sixth off of Carlos Torres to make it 5-0. A passed ball allowed a runner to score in the eighth to complete the scoring.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to San Diego starting pitcher Tyson Ross, who tossed seven shutout innings to record his eighth win of the season.
Post Game Notes:
- The Mets' four game winning streak was snapped with the loss. The Mets have yet to win five games in a row in 2014.
- The Mets managed only five hits on the evening.
- Headley and Grandal paced the Padres' offense with two hits a piece. Each player also scored a run and drove in a run.
The Mets will look to win the rubber game with the Padres this afternoon. Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.90 ERA) and rookie Odriasmer Despaigne (2-1, 1.35 ERA) will be on the mound. First pitch at PETCO Park is scheduled for 4:10 pm.
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