New York (9-15) at San Diego (16-9)

Partly Cloudy Currently: San Diego, CA
Temp: 56° F
  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun May 2, 2004
  • TV: WPIX, Ch4
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After a slow start to his first full season with the San Diego Padres, Brian Giles is finally playing at his usual All-Star level.

Giles looks to continue his offensive surge as the Padres try to complete a three-game sweep of the New York Mets.

Traded to the Padres last August, the San Diego native was hitting just .111 in his first 12 games this year, with no homers and just two RBIs. For a player that averaged a .309 batting average, 36 homers and 109 RBIs per season from 1999-2002 before injuries limited him 20 homers and 88 RBIs last season, much more was expected in 2004.

Giles has since bounced back, going 18-for-44 in his last 12 games to raise his average from .111 to .258.

Giles hit a two-run homer for the second straight night Saturday as the Padres beat the Mets 3-1 for their season-high sixth straight win and 10th in 12 games.

Giles’s two-run homer Friday helped the Padres overcome a five-run deficit.

The struggling Mets have scored one run or fewer 11 times this season. New York, 2-6 on its nine-game road trip, has scored just 90 runs this season.

Only the major league-worst Expos, with 49, have scored less.

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