Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Late Recap: Game 122 - Mets at Padres - Cory Luebke holds down Mets
Cameron Maybin hit a solo homer and Orlando Hudson drove in two runs to back six solid innings from Cory Luebke, as the San Diego Padres handled the New York Mets, 6-1, in the second test of a three-game series.
Nick Hundley, Alberto Gonzalez and Aaron Cunningham each knocked in a run for the Padres, who had lost three of four coming into Tuesday's game.
"Some guys are being given an opportunity to play and get more at-bats. They're taking advantage of that," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Luebke (5-6) gave up one run on three hits to pick up the win. He struck out five and walked three. Chad Qualls, Luke Gregerson and Erik Hamren each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
Ruben Tejada had two hits and an RBI for the Mets, who were unable to build off Monday's 5-4, 10-inning victory.
Jonathon Niese (11-10) allowed three runs on 10 hits over six innings to take the loss.
"They hit them where we weren't," Niese explained.
The Padres scored all the runs they needed in the first inning. With one out, Logan Forsythe hit a ground-rule double to center. After Jesus Guzman struck out looking, Kyle Blanks reached base on an infield single. Hudson and Hundley followed with consecutive RBI singles for a 2-0 lead.
New York recorded its first hit of the game in the fourth. With a man on first and two outs, Ronny Paulino singled to right. Tejada followed with an RBI double down the third-base line, as the ball bounced off third base and into left field. Niese struck out swinging to strand runners on second and third.
San Diego got the run back in the home fourth. Hundley led off with a triple down the right-field line and scored on Cunningham's sacrifice fly for a 3-1 edge.
The Padres added two runs in the seventh off Pedro Beato. Maybin led off the frame with a homer to left, while Guzman hit a one-out double to left and raced home on Hudson's base hit to center for a 5-1 lead.
Gonzalez hit an RBI single off Mike Pelfrey in the eighth to make it 6-1.
New York and San Diego have split six games this season...The Mets are 4-12 in their last 16 contests and 13-18 since the All-Star break...Mets center fielder Angel Pagan saw a nine-game hitting streak come to an end...The Padres went 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven, while New York went 1-for-4 with RISP and left five men on...Hundley collected a career- high two triples which ties the most triples ever in a game by a Padre. He is the 14th Padre to triple twice in a game.
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