San Diego at New York

San Diego
N.Y. Mets
W: C. Qualls (6-6) L: J. Niese (11-9)
S: H. Bell (32)
HR: SD - C. Maybin (7)   NYM - None

Padres 3, Mets 2 wire reports

NEW YORK -- Heath Bell spun around and pumped his fist after the final out, finishing off four hitless innings by the proud Padres bullpen.


"It was just nice to go out there and go 1-2-3," Bell said. "It was more just for the whole bullpen. Like, there we go, we're back on track."

Cameron Maybin homered and stole two bases before scoring the tiebreaking run on an error by substitute shortstop Ruben Tejada, rallying San Diego past the New York Mets 3-2 on Thursday for a split of their four-game series.

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Bell pitched a perfect ninth and the last-place Padres improved to 5-2 on a 10-game road trip that takes them to Cincinnati this weekend.

"We're doing awesome," Bell said. "The bullpen, if we hadn't made mistakes on Monday and Tuesday we wouldn't have lost on this road trip yet. So we're feeling pretty good about ourselves."

Lucas Duda hit a two-run double for the Mets, who managed only three hits and went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. New York finished 3-6 on a disappointing homestand and has lost eight of 11 overall.

With the Mets short on rested relievers, Jonathon Niese (11-9) matched his career high with 122 pitches. He outlasted Cory Luebke in a matchup of young left-handers from Ohio, but couldn't hold an early 2-0 lead.

The score was tied in the eighth when Maybin hit a leadoff single and stole second on a pickoff throw to first. Duda's toss was a bit late to Tejada, subbing for injured Jose Reyes, and the Mets didn't get the call on a close play when Tejada tagged Maybin's shoulder.

"I was just telling myself, I've got to make something happen," Maybin said. "I got a good enough jump and was blessed with good enough speed to get in there."

Niese, who pitched a one-hitter against San Diego at Citi Field last year for his only major league shutout, put his hands on his head, knowing he had a tough chore ahead.

After the game, Maybin said he was safe. Tejada thought he got him.

"That's the name of the game, man. Sometimes you've got to try to force the issue a little bit and I was able to do so and it worked out," Maybin said.

One out later, Jesus Guzman was intentionally walked and the runners pulled off a double steal as Kyle Blanks struck out. Aaron Cunningham hit a grounder wide of third and Tejada charged in, trying to scoop it on his forehand. But the ball kicked off the heel of his glove, allowing Maybin to score.

"You have to make that play," Tejada said.

San Diego started the series with the best bullpen ERA in the majors. After coughing up late leads in each of the first two games, the relief corps closed this one out without much trouble.

"We could have easily swept these guys if we were on our A game on Monday and Tuesday, but unfortunately we weren't," Bell said. "We just felt really bad that we kind of let the guys down and we didn't want that to happen again today. We were like men on missions. We were determined to have clean innings and keep people out and have no drama out there."

Chad Qualls (6-6) worked a perfect seventh, Luke Gregerson pitched the eighth and Bell converted his 32nd save in 35 chances.

"Basically the first three games they always just kept fighting back, scratching and crawling, doing something. So it was nice to just keep 'em out of it," Qualls said. "To get back to the way we've all been throwing the ball is a good feeling."

Maybin homered in the sixth and Cunningham lofted a double toward the right-field line to begin the seventh. A two-out single by No. 8 batter Luis Martinez tied it at 2.

"This team's resilient," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It's a lot of young players now that I think are coming to the ballpark fresh and excited to start a new day."

Luebke threw 109 pitches over five innings. He walked a career-high four and struck out eight, one shy of the career high he set in his previous outing at Pittsburgh.

The 21-year-old Tejada, who turned in a spectacular play Wednesday night, made a throwing error to begin the third. Moments later, he started a difficult double play.

"I'm going to talk to him in a little while because he's the shortstop," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "That's why we brought him here, because we want him to play shortstop every day until Jose comes back, and he's got to let this roll off his back. We're going to turn to some older guys to make sure his mind's in the right place."

New York hitting coach Dave Hudgens was ejected by plate umpire Vic Carapazza for barking about balls and strikes from the dugout after Nick Evans was called out on strikes with the bases loaded to end the fifth.


  • Padres 2B Orlando Hudson missed his second consecutive game with a strained right groin. Logan Forsythe started in his place.
  • Black rested SS Jason Bartlett, who grounded out as a pinch-hitter to end the seventh.
  • Wright singled in the fifth, establishing a Mets record with 2,048 career total bases.
  • New York CF Angel Pagan sat out after leaving Wednesday night's loss because of a lower back spasm. Scott Hairston started in center, and batted leadoff for the first time this season.
  • The Mets have made 12 errors in their last nine games.
  • The teams meet again next week for a three-game series in San Diego.
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Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Maybin
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
New York

J. Niese
IP 7.2
H 7
ER 2
BB 2
K 7

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NL West Preview: San Diego Padres (2:24)
San Diego Padres
Cameron Maybin, CF4221101 .279
Logan Forsythe, 2B5000024 .191
Jesus Guzman, 1B3010100 .349
Kyle Blanks, LF3000111 .241
Aaron Cunningham, RF4110001 .242
Alberto Gonzalez, SS3020002 .217
James Darnell, 3B4010014 .200
Luis Martinez, C4011023 .263
Cory Luebke, P1000000 .150
   a- Blake Tekotte, PH1000010 .207
    Anthony Bass, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Bartlett, PH1000001 .255
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   c- Will Venable, PH1000001 .269
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Luebke in the 6th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Bass in the 7th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Gregerson in the 9th
2B - Aaron Cunningham (3, Niese), Alberto Gonzalez (7, Niese)
HR - Cameron Maybin (7, Niese)
SH - Alberto Gonzalez (1)
RBI - Cameron Maybin (31), Luis Martinez (10)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Martinez (3)
SB - Cameron Maybin 2 (29, 2nd base off Niese/Paulino, 3rd base off Niese/Paulino), Jesus Guzman (7, 2nd base off Niese/Paulino), Will Venable (22, 2nd base off Carrasco/Paulino)
Team LOB - 8
E - James Darnell (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Cory Luebke 5322480 3.09
Anthony Bass 1000100 1.00
Chad Qualls (W,6-6) 1000010 3.95
Luke Gregerson (H,9) 1000100 3.00
Heath Bell (S,32) 1000000 2.70
HBP - Turner (by Cory Luebke)
Pitches-Strikes - Cory Luebke 109-68, Anthony Bass 16-9, Chad Qualls 15-8, Luke Gregerson 10-3, Heath Bell 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cory Luebke 3-5, Anthony Bass 3-0, Chad Qualls 1-1, Luke Gregerson 3-0, Heath Bell 2-1
Batters Faced - Cory Luebke 24, Anthony Bass 4, Chad Qualls 3, Luke Gregerson 4, Heath Bell 3
New York Mets
Scott Hairston, CF4000111 .256
Justin Turner, 2B3100101 .267
David Wright, 3B3110101 .271
Jason Bay, LF4010024 .248
Lucas Duda, 1B3012112 .279
Nick Evans, RF3000034 .194
   a- Willie Harris, PH-RF0000000 .244
Ronny Paulino, C4000001 .289
Ruben Tejada, SS2000201 .253
Jonathon Niese, P2000021 .067
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   b- Josh Thole, PH1000000 .268
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Evans in the 8th
b-grounded out for Carrasco in the 9th
2B - Lucas Duda (12, Luebke)
SH - Willie Harris (1), Jonathon Niese (7)
RBI - Lucas Duda 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Lucas Duda 2 (9)
SB - Justin Turner (7, 2nd base off Luebke/Martinez)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Tejada-Turner-Duda, Tejada-Turner-Duda
E - Ruben Tejada 2 (8, Throwing)
New York Mets
Jonathon Niese (L,11-9) 7.2732271 4.03
D.J. Carrasco 1.1100100 4.50
IBB - Guzman by Jonathon Niese, Maybin by D.J. Carrasco
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 122-82, D.J. Carrasco 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 10-6, D.J. Carrasco 3-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 32, D.J. Carrasco 6
Game Information
Attendance - 32348
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Jeff Nelson