Adam Eaton allowed just two hits over seven innings in San Diego’s 10-3 win on Thursday, retiring 19 of his last 21 batters he faced. The Padres outscored the Mets 26-8 during the sweep, with their pitching staff holding New York to just 22 hits.
First baseman Phil Nevin had a double Thursday to continue his torrid hitting. Nevin is batting .357 (45-for-126) since the All-Star break. He went 9-for-19 with two homers, three doubles and seven RBIs against the Mets as San Diego remained within five games of NL West-leading Los Angeles.
The Padres are hoping Dennis Tankersley can continue their run of good pitching.
Tankersley, 25, was recalled from Triple-A Portland on Tuesday after Sterling Hitchcock was put on the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 3.20 ERA in seven appearances, including four starts, for the Padres this season.
San Diego has won all four meetings with Montreal this year.
The Expos are 2-2 on their 13-game homestand.
Montreal starter Livan Hernandez homered, but gave up eight runs—six earned—as the Expos suffered a 10-3 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.
Gonzalez, who left the game with a bruised left wrist, went for X-rays and Expos manager Frank Robinson wasn’t optimistic about the results.
“It’s too early to tell but it certainly didn’t hit him in a good spot,” Robinson said. “There’s not much meat there for protection. That’s pretty much bone and he feels pretty bad right now, so that’s not a good sign.”
Gonzalez is batting .240 with seven home runs this season with the Marlins and Expos.