San Diego (67-58) at New York (59-65)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed Aug 25, 2004
  • TV: Ch4, MSG
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The San Diego Padres wish they could play like this at home.

Winners of 13 of 18 on the road since the All-Star break, the Padres will look for more success on their 10-game trip as they continue a four-game series with the New York Mets.

San Diego improved to 2-0 on the swing with Tuesday’s 3-1 victory, just its sixth in the last 11 games overall.

The Padres are 34-25 on the road, compared to 33-33 at Petco Park, which opened this season.

“Although we love it at home, the results haven’t been there,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “If we had played at home the way we’ve played on the road, we’d be in a better situation.”

Ramon Hernandez homered for the Padres, who remained six games behind Los Angeles in the NL West and two back in the wild-card race.

San Diego won’t return home until Sept. 3, and will play 22 of its remaining 37 games on the road.

“We have to look at this as the schedule is in our favor,” Bochy said. “If what we’ve done to this point is indicative of what we’re going to do the rest of the season, we’d rather play more road games right now.”

The Padres will face Al Leiter, who boasts the second-lowest ERA in the majors at 2.55. Only San Francisco’s Jason Schmidt is better (2.52).

Leiter boasts a 4-0 record with a 1.45 ERA in eight starts at Shea Stadium this year.

The 38-year-old left-hander has won eight of his last 10 decisions though he didn’t receive a decision in the Mets’ 4-2 win in the second game of a doubleheader at Colorado on Thursday. He allowed two runs and five hits over six innings. Leiter also walked five, but was able to work out of most of the trouble.

“He minimized the damage. That’s what he does well,” Mets manager Art Howe said.

The Mets have lost three straight and six of nine.

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15-14 Record 10-8
4.12 ERA 3.21
121 K 117
55 BB 97
1.38 WHIP 1.35