New York (9-14) at San Diego (15-9)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat May 1, 2004
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The San Diego Padres look to post their longest winning streak in three years as they host the New York Mets in the middle game of their series at Petco Park.

San Diego battled back from a first-inning 5-0 deficit to beat New York 7-6 on Friday night, for the Padres’ fifth straight win.

It matches the team’s longest winning streak since last season’s five-game run from June 28-July 2. The Padres last won six straight May 19-24, 2001.

Brian Giles, who has played well after a slow start for his new team, hit a two-run home run to start San Diego’s comeback. He had his third straight multihit game, and is 15-for-39 in his last 11 games to raise his average from .111 to .238.

“There was never a doubt that Brian was going to start hitting,” said Padres manager Bruce Bochy. “He’s going to be fine. That’s the way it is with all of our hitters.”

New York’s offense got off to a fast start, with five runs in the first inning, but Kaz Matsui’s error on a hard-hit ground ball in the fourth allowed two unearned runs to score, shrinking the Mets’ lead to 5-4.

The Mets, who signed Matsui and Mike Cameron in the offseason to put more emphasis on defense up the middle, have made an NL-worst 18 errors this season.

Cameron, who has been dazzling at times in the field, continues to struggle offensively. He struck out three times in Friday’s loss—including with one out and the tying run on third base in the seventh inning. Cameron leads the major leagues with 30 strikeouts on the season.

New York is now 2-5 on its nine-game road trip that ends with Sunday’s series finale.

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