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Padres touch up Santana, end Mets' nine-game home win streak

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NEW YORK -- Bud Black strolled into the clubhouse and did a mini-dance to the Latin beat, sashaying his hips side to side the best way he knew how.

The manager of the surprising San Diego Padres has plenty of reason to cut a rug these days: Boasting the best ERA in the majors, his impressive pitching staff has been in a smooth groove all season.

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Mat Latos outpitched Johan Santana, and San Diego stopped New York's nine-game home winning streak by beating the Mets 4-2 on Thursday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

"We have a great TEAM," closer Heath Bell said. "You put us individually, we might not be the best guys out there. But you put us together, and we're solid."

Adrian Gonzalez had three hits for the Padres, including a go-ahead single. David Eckstein and Chase Headley added RBI doubles.

Latos and three San Diego relievers combined to retire the final 22 Mets batters after Henry Blanco's two-run homer in the second inning, one of New York's season-low two hits. Jose Reyes opened the game with an infield single.

The lack of run support was nothing new for Santana (4-3), who pitched 15 shutout innings over his previous two starts without getting a decision. This time, he squandered a two-run lead and took the loss.

"There's not much I can do," Santana said. "I just have to pitch my game. I know that sooner or later, the offense is going to pick up."

It was New York's fifth defeat in its past 24 games at Citi Field.

Jon Garland was set to pitch for San Diego against left-hander Jonathon Niese in the 7:10 p.m. nightcap, a makeup of Wednesday night's rainout.

"Honestly, before about 10 minutes ago I thought we were about to get going again," Padres reliever Luke Gregerson said. "I didn't know we were going to have to wait three hours."

The 22-year-old Latos (6-4) allowed only two hits in six innings and struck out eight. The right-hander set down his last 13 batters, improving to 5-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his past seven starts.

"He's got great stuff. He's got just as good stuff as anybody in the league," Gonzalez said. "When you execute your pitches with that kind of stuff you're going to have success."

Then, the Padres turned to their dominant bullpen. Gregerson fanned all three batters in the seventh, Mike Adams worked a perfect eighth and Bell, an ex-Met, pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances.

"When the season started nobody knew who they were, but they are really doing the job," New York infielder Alex Cora said.

Pitching on seven days' rest after tossing seven scoreless innings June 2 at San Diego, Santana looked rusty. He walked No. 8 batter Tony Gwynn Jr. to start the fifth and, after Latos struck out trying to bunt, Eckstein lined an RBI double to left that tied it at 2.

One out later, Gonzalez came up with first base open -- but the Mets made a curious decision and pitched to him anyway. The slugger hit a humpback liner over second for a run-scoring single that put the Padres ahead 3-2.

"I didn't think he had hit me hard and I was just trying to make a pitch," Santana said. "I thought I could get him out."

Santana induced his third double-play grounder in the seventh, but couldn't get through the inning. Eckstein walked and scored from first when Headley doubled to deep right, chasing the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

"It is weird. I didn't have command of my fastball at all. It was a battle all day to keep the ball down," Santana said.

In the second, Blanco homered into the front row of left-field seats on the 10th pitch of his first at-bat in eight days. The backup catcher has been bothered by a sore neck.

San Diego loaded the bases with none out in the fourth on Gonzalez's leadoff single and consecutive walks. Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a sacrifice fly, ending Santana's scoreless streak at 18 2/3 innings.

The left-hander escaped further damage when David Wright started a nifty double play on Chris Denorfia's sharp grounder to third.

Notes

  • Gonzalez is batting .459 with four home runs and 12 RBI in his past nine games.
  • Jesus Feliciano struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth for New York, his major-league debut after 13 years in the minors.
 
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Adrian Gonzalez collects three hits to lead San Diego in the first game of the doubleheader in New York. (AP)
Adrian Gonzalez collects three hits to lead San Diego in the first game of the doubleheader in New York. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

D. Eckstein
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

H. Blanco
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Diego Padres
David Eckstein, 2B4221100 .283
Chase Headley, 3B5011002 .288
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4131011 .295
Scott Hairston, LF3010102 .229
Nick Hundley, C3010101 .297
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS2001001 .233
Chris Denorfia, RF4000002 .254
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3110102 .213
Mat Latos, P2000011 .190
   a- Lance Zawadzki, PH1000001 .231
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   b- Will Venable, PH1000000 .221
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals3249442  
a-grounded into a double play for Latos in the 7th
b-popped out for Adams in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Eckstein (17, Santana), Chase Headley (10, Santana)
SF - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2)
RBI - David Eckstein (16), Chase Headley (21), Adrian Gonzalez (40), Jerry Hairston Jr. (20)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (9), Adrian Gonzalez (10)
Team LOB - 7
San Diego Padres
Mat Latos (W,6-4) 6222181 3.24
Luke Gregerson (H,15) 1000030 1.39
Mike Adams (H,15) 1000010 2.54
Heath Bell (S,17) 1000000 1.33
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 99-67, Luke Gregerson 14-9, Mike Adams 12-8, Heath Bell 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 2-8, Mike Adams 1-1, Heath Bell 1-2
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 21, Luke Gregerson 3, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4010000 .246
Angel Pagan, CF4000021 .288
Jason Bay, LF4000001 .281
Ike Davis, 1B3000021 .255
David Wright, 3B2100120 .280
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000021 .264
Alex Cora, 2B3000011 .200
Henry Blanco, C2112010 .294
   a- Jesus Feliciano, PH1000010 .000
    Rod Barajas, C0000000 .261
Johan Santana, P2000010 .148
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Carter, PH1000000 .261
    Fernando Nieve, P0000000 .000
Totals29222112  
a-struck out for Blanco in the 8th
b-flied out for Mejia in the 8th
Batting
HR - Henry Blanco (2, Latos)
RBI - Henry Blanco 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Henry Blanco 2 (2)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Wright-Cora-Davis, Cora-Davis, Wright-Cora-Davis, Wright-Cora-Davis
E - David Wright (8, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Johan Santana (L,4-3) 6.2844410 2.96
Pedro Feliciano 0.1000010 2.01
Jenrry Mejia 1100000 2.81
Fernando Nieve 1000000 6.00
HBP - Hairston (by Jenrry Mejia)
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 108-63, Pedro Feliciano 5-4, Jenrry Mejia 14-7, Fernando Nieve 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 8-8, Jenrry Mejia 3-0, Fernando Nieve 2-1
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 29, Pedro Feliciano 1, Jenrry Mejia 5, Fernando Nieve 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32365
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Tim Welke