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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 108 - Mets at Padres - Mets win 6-2

Petco Park (San Diego, CA)
N.Y. Mets (53-55) «040000110691
San Diego (45-64)001000001280
W: J. Hefner (2-4) L: E. Volquez (7-8)
S: F. Francisco (19)
HR: NYM - None   SD - C. Headley (14)

Jordany Valdespin's two-run double highlighted a four-run second, while rookie Jeremy Hefner won his first game since May 29 as the New York Mets downed the San Diego Padres, 6-2, in the middle test of a three-game set.

Mike Baxter set a franchise record by drawing five walks in a nine-inning game. Vince Coleman also walked five times on Aug. 10, 1992 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but needed 16 innings to do it.

Daniel Murphy went 4-for-4 with two runs scored for the Mets, who have won five of their last seven games.

Hefner (2-4) surrendered a run on five hits over six frames and Frank Francisco induced John Baker into a game-ending double play to notch his 19th save of the season.

"He changes speeds, uses his changeup, has a nice little slider," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He doesn't try to overthrow and for the most part he's in the strike zone. He makes you swing the bat and doesn't beat himself by walking guys.

Struggling with his control, Edinson Volquez (7-8) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on two hits and four walks for San Diego, which has dropped six of its last eight contests.

"His mechanics were out of whack," San Diego manager Bud Black said of taking Volquez out early. "It was to the point where I thought it might not get better as the game moved forward."

The Mets took advantage of Volquez's command issues in the four-run second.

Ike Davis singled to begin the frame and Murphy and Baxter worked back-to-back walks to load the bases. After Andres Torres struck out, a free pass to Josh Thole plated Davis and after Hefner fanned, Ruben Tejada walked to score Murphy. Valdespin then doubled to deep right, bringing home Baxter and Thole for a 4-0 lead.

Alexi Amarista's RBI single in the fourth got the Padres on the board, but the Mets got the run back in the seventh on Thole's RBI groundout and added another in the eighth on Davis' two-out run-scoring single to right, making it a 6-1 game.

Chase Headley cracked a leadoff homer in the ninth off Bobby Parnell to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

The Mets improved to 6-4 on their season-high 11-game road trip...Tejada had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games...The Mets were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position, while San Diego finished 1-for-4.

Box Score:

Ruben Tejada SS512100010.321
Jordany Valdespin LF501210001.260
David Wright 3B300000022.328
Ike Davis 1B512100000.212
Daniel Murphy 2B424010010.307
Mike Baxter RF010000050.310
Andres Torres CF400000003.234
Josh Thole C410200010.260
Jeremy Hefner P300000003.111
  Scott Hairston PH100000000.267
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH100000000.293
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
Alexi Amarista 2B403100001.278
Will Venable RF300000000.243
  Chris Denorfia PH-RF100000000.284
Chase Headley 3B411100101.271
Carlos Quentin LF400000000.261
Yonder Alonso 1B401010000.267
Cameron Maybin CF300000010.211
John Baker C400000000.252
Everth Cabrera SS312010000.237
  Dale Thayer P000000000.000
Edinson Volquez P000000000.077
  Brad Boxberger P000000000.000
  Cory Burns P100000001.000
  Alex Hinshaw P000000000.000
  Brad Brach P000000000.000
  Logan Forsythe SS101000000.258

E_R.Tejada. LOB_NY Mets 13, San Diego 5. 2B_J.Valdespin, D.Murphy, Y.Alonso, E.Cabrera. HR_C.Headley (14) off B.Parnell. S_A.Torres, B.Boxberger. SB_A.Amarista (6). GIDP_W.Venable, C.Denorfia, J.Baker. DP_NY Mets 3 (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and I.Davis 2), (R.Tejada and I.Davis).

Jeremy Hefner (W 2-4)6.051102072-485.04
Josh Edgin2.010001024-162.25
Bobby Parnell0.121110112-73.25
Frank Francisco (S 19)0.20000002-14.85
Edinson Volquez (L 7-8)1.224443054-253.73
Brad Boxberger2.110013043-300.82
Cory Burns1.220032039-190.00
Alex Hinshaw1.011110021-114.50
Brad Brach1.031111032-183.86
Dale Thayer1.100000023-153.86

IBB_off C.Burns (D.Wright).
T_3:08. A_36826.
Umpires_Home,Angel Hernandez; First, Ed Hickox; Second, Chris Conroy; Third, Mark Carlson.

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