New York (54-70) at San Diego (48-78)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 20, 2003
  • TV: MSG, Ch4
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Aaron Heilman hopes to help the New York Mets begin a new winning streak as they continue their three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Mets had their season-high six-game winning streak snapped with Tuesday’s 3-2 loss. All six wins came at Shea Stadium.

Heilman kicked off the run with a 5-4 victory over Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 12. The rookie right-hander went five innings, allowing three earned runs and seven hits. He gave up a solo homer to Bonds, but struck out a season high-tying seven.

“I think this is the type of game you want to pitch in,” Heilman said after snapping his personal three-game losing streak. “You want to face tough hitters and try to make your pitches.”

Heilman has never faced the Padres, and opponents are batting .377 against him on the road, where he is 1-1 with an 11.25 ERA.

Phil Nevin, a career .326 hitter against the Mets, hit a two-run homer for San Diego in Tuesday’s win. It was his fourth homer since returning on July 23 from a dislocated left shoulder. The right fielder finished 1-for-4, and is batting .333 (10-for-30) with a homer and seven RBIs over his last eight games.

The Padres snapped their five-game losing streak.

Timo Perez and Marco Scutaro had an RBI apiece for the Mets, who have lost 15 of their last 20 away from Shea.

STANDINGS: Mets - 5th place, 27 GB, NL East. Padres - 5th place, 26 1/2 GB, NL West.

METS PROBABLE STARTER: Heilman (2-5, 7.49 ERA). Heilman was 0-3 with a 9.55 ERA in his previous three starts. He has struck out 17 over his last three starts, spanning 13 innings.

PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Jake Peavy (9-9, 4.25 ERA). After a career-high four game win streak, Peavy has gone 1-4 with a 5.33 ERA in seven starts. That includes a 7-4 loss at Atlanta on Thursday during which the 22-year-old right-hander gave up four earned runs and four hits over 5 1-3 innings. He also walked three while striking out seven. Peavy is 1-0 all-time against the Mets with a 2.45 ERA in two starts.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Cliff Floyd, .290 avg., 18 HRs and 68 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 61 runs; Jose Reyes, 12 SBs. Padres - Mark Loretta, .321 avg. and 57 runs; Ryan Klesko, 20 HRs; Rondell White, 65 RBIs; Ramon Vazquez, 10 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - The Mets placed OF Floyd on the disabled list with a sore right Achilles’ tendon and recalled OF Jeff Duncan from Triple-A Norfolk of the International League. Floyd will undergo surgery Aug. 29 in Baltimore. Duncan had been optioned to Norfolk last week to make room for C Mike Piazza. … RF Roger Cedeno is hitting .397 (27-for-68) over his last 16 games. … SS Reyes had his 17-game hitting streak snapped after an 0-for-4 effort Tuesday. It was the longest by a Met since Piazza’s 21-game streak in 2000. Padres - CF Kotsay was 1-for-15 in his previous four games before going 1-for-3 with an RBI Tuesday. … Mark Loretta, who went 0-for-1 with three walks Tuesday, remained sixth on the Padres’ single-season hit list for second basemen with 144, one shy of Roberto Alomar’s 145 in 1988. Alomar also holds the top two spots, with 184 in 1989 and 168 in 1990. … 1B Klesko is hitting .346 (9-for-26) over his last seven games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 25-35 on the road; Padres - 25-36 at home.

INJURIES: Mets - OF Floyd (Achilles’), 15-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL. Padres - INF Keith Lockhart (back), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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