Padres Burroughs gets the game winner in the 9th
Mark Loretta hit a solo shot in the sixth inning and Jake Peavy allowed no runs over seven innings while striking out seven. Peavy did not figure in the decision as Jay Witasik gave up a run in the eighth. Sean Burroughs delivered the game winner in the ninth to give the San Diego Padres a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets.
Despite walking three in the third, Aaron Heilman managed to get out of the inning without a run crossing the plate. He ended the day giving up just one run on two hits with five walks.
The Mets loaded the bases with one out and the fourth and Jeff Duncan hit a liner to center that looked like it would drop in for a hit. Mark Kotsay fully extended to make a diving flop to snare the ball before it hit the ground. The play was a gamble, but it worked out well and prevented any run from crossing the plate. Jake Peavy came back to retire Joe McEwing for the last out.
A mix-up between Javier Vasquez and Rondell White put two aboard in the fifth for Mike Piazza. Jose Reyes popped a ball up along the right field line and with White moving in from left and Vasquez flying out from shortstop; they both pulled up short to allow the ball to fall. Peavy threw a great outside changeup to strike out Piazza setup by a great pitch inside to jam Piazza. It was one of those pitch sequences that belies his young age. Peavy then got Phillips to pop out, thus ending the threat.
Mark Loretta opened the scoring on the day when he hit his 8th home run of the year, a career high, over the right field wall on a hanging curve from Heilman. It was just the second hit off Heilman on the day.
Once Peavy left the game, Jay Witasik proceeded to allow an RBI double to Timo Perez to score Jose Reyes. Mike Matthews, the left hander had been warming up in the bullpen, but Bruce Bochy decided not to go with him. Perez is batting less than .200 against lefties on the season. With runners now on second and third, Ty Wiggington hit a ground ball to Ramon Vasquez who came straight home to get Marco Scutaro out at the plate. Witasik then struck out Duncan to end the inning.
With two outs in the ninth, Roger Cedeno doubled off Witasik, which brought on Rod Beck to face Jose Reyes. Beck struck out Reyes swinging to preserve the tie.
Phil Nevin stole second in the ninth and Grant Roberts (0-1) walked Dave Hansen to get to Sean Burroughs. Burroughs delivered with a single up the middle to give the Padres the victory, 2-1.
Beck (3-1) got the win in relief.
The Mets go to 10-20 in one run games, while the Padres go to 18-15.
Jake Peavy has an ERA of 1.27 over the last four starts.
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