Rapid Reaction: Mets Inch Closer To .500 With 6-5 Win Over Padres

The New York Mets (47-51) defeated the San Diego Padres (43-57) by a score of 6-5 at Petco Park Tuesday evening.

Pitching:

Seth Lugo was on the mound for the Mets and got roughed up a bit. Still, he got the Mets through six innings on a night where he clearly didn’t have his best stuff. All in all, Lugo went six innings allowing four runs (three earned) while walking none and striking out one.

In the bottom of the second inning, Hunter Renfroe led off the inning with his 20th home run of the season. Two batters later, Manuel Margot was able to get on base with a sharp line drive to center field. Allen Cordoba followed by hitting a two-run home run to left-center field to give the Padres a 3-1 lead.

Down by a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, Wil Myers was able to tie the game for the Padres on a sacrifice fly that brought home Matt Szcur.

Paul Sewald came on for the Mets in the 7th and 8th innings and absolutely dominated. Sewald retired six straight batters with three strikeouts.

Addison Reed came in for the Mets in the bottom of the ninth and gave up a run to Dusty Coleman who doubled in Cory Spangenberg. Reed settled down and was able to record his 18th save of the season, thanks in part to a phenomenal defensive play by T.J. Rivera.

Offense:

In the top of the first inning, Yoenis Cespedes hit his 10th home run of the season to give the Mets the early 1-0 lead. Cespedes had gone over a month without hitting a long ball.

In the top of the fourth inning, down two runs, Travis d’Arnaud was able to cut the lead to one by lacing a single to left field to bring home Jay Bruce with two out.

In the top of the fifth inning, Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Yoenis Cespedes hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to put two more runs on the board and give the Mets a 5-4 lead.

In the top of the sixth inning with Curtis Granderson on first with two outs, Yoenis Cespedes hit a check-swing triple down the right field line in which he came all the way around to score on a bad throw. The Mets third little league home run since the All-Star break would give the Mets a 6-4 lead.

Notes:

Jay Bruce threw out a runner at home in the first inning to save a run.

Cespedes went 87 at-bats with out a home run that spanned over a month.

Jose Reyes stole base number 501.

Hunter Renfroe hit his 3rd home run in two days.

Neil Walker went 2-for-3 in a rehab stint in Las Vegas. Brandon Nimmo went 1-for-4.

On Deck:

The Mets will play their third game of a four game set with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park tomorrow evening. The game has a start time of 10:10 PM. Steven Matz (2-3, 4.67 ERA), will look to keep the Mets rolling against Jhoulys Chacin (9-7, 4.26 ERA).

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