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N.Y. Mets (56-64) «0122000005120
San Diego (54-68)001000010290

Mets 5, Padres 2

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SAN DIEGO -- Jonathan Niese gave the New York Mets some good news with an encouraging outing Friday night.

Now the Mets are hoping for more of the same Saturday when top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is promoted.

In his second start since coming off the disabled list, Niese struck out a season-high nine in six strong innings to led the Mets to a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

"It felt good," Niese said. "We'll see how it feels [Saturday]. All signs point to a positive."

Marlon Byrd, Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy each homered as New York won its second straight game after being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Niese (5-6) was on the disabled list for nearly two months with a partially torn rotator cuff before coming back on Sunday at Arizona. The left-hander won consecutive starts for the first time this season.

He allowed six hits, walked one and hit one batter Friday. Niese and three relievers combined to strike out 13, running New York's two-game total to 28.

The Mets acquired d'Arnaud in an offseason trade that sent NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto. He broke his foot early in the season while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.

"We're all excited to see Travis," New York manager Terry Collins said. "Like a lot of these guys, there is a huge buildup taking place. Some of the reports are pretty impressive."

Said Niese, who pitched to d'Arnaud in a rehab start: "It was good. He received the ball well. I liked the way he hit better."

Byrd and Davis connected on consecutive pitches from Ian Kennedy in the third inning. Murphy hit a two-run shot an inning later to give the Mets a 5-1 lead.

Davis, who has had a second-half resurgence, hit just his second homer since he was recalled from the minors on July 5.

"I finally caught up to one and drove it out of the yard," he said. "To be honest, it felt good. I have been getting jammed with fastballs in lately, and I finally got to one."

LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his fourth save filling in for injured closer Bobby Parnell.

Byrd has driven in six runs in his last three games after going without an RBI for the previous 13. Before he homered, Murphy had just one extra-base hit in his last 20 games.

Davis has four homers off Kennedy (4-9) in only nine at-bats.

"I wasn't as sharp as I wanted to be command-wise all night, which explains why there were so many home runs," Kennedy said.

Kennedy, acquired in a trade from Arizona on July 31, allowed five runs on seven hits over 4 2-3 innings in his third start for San Diego. The righty, who has allowed 22 home runs, struck out seven and walked four.

New York's Anthony Recker, starting in place of catcher John Buck, who went on the paternity list, had a career-best three hits and also reached on a walk.

San Diego has dropped eight of 10 and fell into last place in the NL West with the Giants' win over Miami.

Byrd led off the third inning with his 19th home run and, on the next pitch, Davis hit homer No. 7. It was only the second time this season that New York has hit consecutive home runs.

Will Venable ran his career-high hitting streak to 13 games with a solo homer in the third. Venable's 16th home run extended his career high.

Yonder Alonso added an RBI single in the eighth and Jedd Gyorko had three hits for San Diego, including a double. Gyorko has nine hits in his last six games, six for extra bases.

Notes

Kennedy lost for the first time (4-1) against the Mets in six career starts. ... Padres LF Carlos Quentin is expected to miss another seven to 10 days with a strained right knee. Quentin received a second opinion from the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles on Thursday and San Diego manager Bud Black said the result was "the same findings that our team doctors had." ... Slumping New York rookie CF Juan Lagares was held out of the starting lineup. Lagares is hitting .210 (13 for 62) in August and is hitless in his last 13 at-bats with five strikeouts. ... The teams continue their four-game series Saturday night with Mets RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-2, 2.22 ERA) set to face Padres RHP Edinson Volquez (8-10, 5.80).

 
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Players of the Game
New York

M. Byrd
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Diego

J. Gyorko
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., CF5011021 .244
Daniel Murphy, 2B5112012 .274
Marlon Byrd, RF4121110 .287
Ike Davis, 1B3111201 .204
Josh Satin, 3B4010010 .301
   Juan Lagares, CF1000001 .254
Mike Baxter, LF5010024 .212
Anthony Recker, C3130100 .193
Omar Quintanilla, SS4020011 .226
Jonathon Niese, P2100124 .200
   Justin Turner, 3B1000010 .276
Totals375125511  
Batting
2B - Mike Baxter (5, O'Sullivan), Anthony Recker (6, Kennedy)
HR - Daniel Murphy (10, Kennedy), Marlon Byrd (19, Kennedy), Ike Davis (7, Kennedy)
RBI - Eric Young Jr. (20), Daniel Murphy 2 (55), Marlon Byrd (66), Ike Davis (26)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (24, 2nd base off O'Sullivan/Rivera)
CS - Mike Baxter (2, 3rd base by O'Sullivan/Rivera), Anthony Recker (1, 2nd base by O'Sullivan/Rivera)
Team LOB - 10
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (W,5-6) 6611191 4.25
Scott Rice 1211020 3.50
Carlos Torres (H,3) 1000010 2.53
LaTroy Hawkins (S,4) 1100010 2.98
HBP - Amarista (by Jonathon Niese)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 111-68, Scott Rice 21-11, Carlos Torres 8-5, LaTroy Hawkins 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 5-4, Scott Rice 1-0, Carlos Torres 1-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 26, Scott Rice 5, Carlos Torres 3, LaTroy Hawkins 4
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, RF5020001 .273
Will Venable, CF5111032 .256
Chase Headley, 3B4110023 .236
Yonder Alonso, 1B4011013 .293
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4030011 .255
Jesus Guzman, LF3000122 .228
Ronny Cedeno, SS2000011 .217
   a-Logan Forsythe, PH1000001 .203
   b-Mark Kotsay, PH1000001 .202
Rene Rivera, C3000024 .171
   c-Jaff Decker, PH1010000 .214
Ian Kennedy, P1000000 .119
   Alexi Amarista, SS2000011 .254
Totals36292113  
a-lined out for Hynes in the 6th
b-flied out for O'Sullivan in the 8th
c-singled for Rivera in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chase Headley (25, Rice), Jedd Gyorko (21, Niese)
HR - Will Venable (16, Niese)
RBI - Will Venable (40), Yonder Alonso (42)
2-OUT RBI - Will Venable (12)
Team LOB - 9
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy (L,4-9) 4.2755473 5.12
Colt Hynes 1.1200030 9.82
Sean O'Sullivan 2300010 3.96
Dale Thayer 1000100 2.80
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 105-65, Colt Hynes 21-17, Sean O'Sullivan 41-24, Dale Thayer 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-3, Colt Hynes 1-0, Sean O'Sullivan 1-2, Dale Thayer 2-1
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 25, Colt Hynes 6, Sean O'Sullivan 7, Dale Thayer 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25604
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Dan Iassogna