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New York at San Diego

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San Diego (51-40) «02000012x5100

Padres 5, Mets 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- David Wells was wearing an "Old Guys Rule" T-shirt, which pretty much summed up his night.

Not only was Wells on his best behavior, but he threw a handful of knuckleballs in six solid innings that helped the San Diego Padres beat the NL East-leading New York Mets 5-1 on Monday.

Michael Barrett went 3-for-4 with three RBI, his best game since coming over in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on June 20. Mike Cameron homered for the Padres, who led the NL West at the All-Star break before falling into second place behind Los Angeles after losing two of three at Arizona over the weekend.

Wells (5-5) was pitching for the first time since he was suspended for seven games and fined $3,000 by the commissioner's office for his animated argument with an umpire on July 14.

Wells appealed, so the penalty can't start until after a hearing and a decision.

The 44-year-old lefty broke out the knuckleball for the first time since throwing one to Jose Canseco more than a decade ago.

"He popped up to third and cursed me all the way to first. I loved it," Wells said.

"Hell, I don't throw 90 anymore, so I might as well invent something else. Wilbur Wood out there, huh?" he said, referring to the left-handed knuckleballer who pitched in the majors from 1961-78.

Wells' last pitch of the night was a knuckleball to Paul Lo Duca, who lined out to second.

"He just eyeballed the hell out of me," Wells said. "I just looked and said, 'My bad, Dawg! That was a good one.'

"To me, it's another pitch in the arsenal. I'm not going to get carried away. You pick your spots with it. My other stuff's pretty good, too, so I'll stick with that."

Wells, who had a pretty good curveball going, allowed one run and seven hits, struck out two and walked one. The Padres have won his last four starts after losing nine of his first 14.

Barrett said he caught Wells in a side session during the weekend and the lefty bounced knuckleballs off his mask and shoulder.

"I don't know if he learned it from Tim Wakefield or if he's just been playing around with it, but it's a real good pitch for him," Barrett said. "The thought of even playing around with a knuckleball just shows how talented he is."

In his final start before the break, Wells was ejected by Ed Hickox for questioning calls. The portly pitcher had to be restrained by San Diego manager Bud Black, two coaches and catcher Josh Bard, then fired a ball against the screen as he walked off the field.

On Monday night, the only hint of disagreement Wells seemed to have with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild was when he didn't get the call he wanted on an 0-1 curveball to Lastings Milledge in the fifth. Wells, who's barked plenty at umpires this season, simply hopped in disappointment.

"With an aggressive team like us, Wells pounded the strike zone," said New York's David Wright, who had three hits. "This offense runs best when we're drawing some walks, having long at-bats. We didn't do that tonight. You have to tip your cap to him."

Mets right-hander Jorge Sosa (7-4) lost in his return from the disabled list. He had been out since July 1 with a strained left hamstring.

Barrett hit a two-run single in the second off Sosa and added an RBI single off Aaron Heilman in the eighth.

Heilman also gave up Cameron's leadoff homer to center in the eighth, his 12th.

Wells didn't allow a baserunner until Sosa got his first career double with two outs in the third.

Trailing 2-0, the Mets broke through in the fourth with three straight one-out hits. Wright singled to right, advanced on Carlos Delgado's hit to right and scored on Lo Duca's grounder between shortstop and third base. Shawn Green then grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Mets had runners on second and third with two outs in the fifth when Wells got Carlos Beltran to ground to second.

Notes

Beltran is 1-for-16 with five walks since his All-Star start. ... Rickey Henderson was in uniform in San Diego for the first time since playing for the independent -- and now defunct -- Surf Dawgs in 2005. Henderson was hired last week as the Mets' first-base coach. Henderson played for the Padres from 1996-1997 and again in 2001, when he got his 3,000th hit on the last day of the season, which was the last game of Tony Gwynn's career. ... The Mets optioned RHP Mike Pelfrey to Triple-A New Orleans.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

D. Wells
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 2
San Diego

M. Barrett
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4020011 .310
Lastings Milledge, LF4000012 .182
Carlos Beltran, CF4000002 .255
David Wright, 3B4130000 .300
Carlos Delgado, 1B4010001 .245
Paul Lo Duca, C4011000 .270
Shawn Green, RF3000011 .276
Jose Valentin, 2B3000010 .236
Jorge Sosa, P1010100 .150
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1010000 .344
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
Totals3219114  
a-singled for Sosa in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jorge Sosa (1, Wells)
RBI - Paul Lo Duca (25)
CS - David Wright (2, 2nd base by Wells/Barrett), Ruben Gotay (1, 2nd base by Bell/Barrett)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Pedro Feliciano (1, Throwing), Paul Lo Duca (6, Throwing)
New York Mets
Jorge Sosa (L,7-4) 6522240 3.84
Joe Smith0210000 2.68
Pedro Feliciano 1000010 2.29
Aaron Heilman 0.2322011 4.00
Scott Schoeneweis 0.1000000 5.05
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Sosa 98-60, Joe Smith 7-5, Pedro Feliciano 14-8, Aaron Heilman 17-11, Scott Schoeneweis 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Sosa 6-7, Pedro Feliciano 3-0, Aaron Heilman 1-0
Batters Faced - Jorge Sosa 24, Joe Smith 2, Pedro Feliciano 4, Aaron Heilman 5, Scott Schoeneweis 1
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4010005 .292
Marcus Giles, 2B3001100 .240
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010012 .261
Mike Cameron, CF4111010 .261
Milton Bradley, LF3210112 .313
Khalil Greene, SS4110012 .240
Michael Barrett, C4033010 .265
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4110001 .239
David Wells, P2010010 .094
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Cruz Jr., PH1000000 .245
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   b- Russell Branyan, PH1000001 .204
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
Totals34510526  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Bell in the 7th
b-flied out for Linebrink in the 8th
Batting
2B - Khalil Greene (22, Sosa)
HR - Mike Cameron (12, Heilman)
RBI - Marcus Giles (32), Mike Cameron (45), Michael Barrett 3 (37)
SB - Milton Bradley (4, 3rd base off Heilman/Lo Duca)
CS - Brian Giles (2, 2nd base by Sosa/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Greene-Giles-Gonzalez, Meredith-Greene-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
David Wells (W,5-5) 6711120 4.15
Heath Bell (H,16) 1100010 2.22
Scott Linebrink (H,15) 1000010 2.55
Cla Meredith 1100000 3.40
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 95-66, Heath Bell 18-10, Scott Linebrink 16-10, Cla Meredith 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 10-4, Heath Bell 1-0, Cla Meredith 2-0
Batters Faced - David Wells 24, Heath Bell 3, Scott Linebrink 3, Cla Meredith 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35802
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether