San Diego (50-43) at New York (46-46)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Tue Jul 19, 2005
  • TV: Ch4, MSG
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With two of their regulars expected to return to the lineup, the San Diego Padres look to remain undefeated against the NL East when they visit the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series.

San Diego split a four-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks, losing the finale 6-1 on Sunday. The Padres scored 14 runs in the two wins but managed a total of one in the defeats.

San Diego hopes the return of Phil Nevin and Mark Loretta will bring some consistency to the lineup. Nevin, one of the team’s top run producers, has been on the disabled list since June 26 with a strained oblique. Loretta, perhaps the team’s most reliable hitter, has missed two months after surgery on his left thumb.

“Nev’s a warrior and so is Lo,” San Diego’s Robert Fick said. “What they bring to the table is a lot. We’re going to have the team we’re supposed to have. We have to go on the road and figure this out. It’s time to get going. We’ve got no more excuses when we get those guys back.”

San Diego has yet to lose against an NL East team, recording a pair of three-game sweeps against the Florida Marlins and Atlanta Braves.

New York beat the Braves 8-1 on Sunday to earn a split in the four-game series.

The Mets, scoreless in 16 consecutive innings in losing their previous two games to Atlanta, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning Sunday when Jose Reyes opened with a single and raced to third on a hit by Mike Cameron. Reyes then scored on an infield out.

In the second, David Wright opened with a single and Chris Woodward followed with a double. Miguel Cairo hit a high chopper back to the mound for an out that scored Wright. Reyes then doubled with two outs to score Woodward, and Cameron followed with his 10th home run of the season to make it 5-0.

New York finds itself at .500 for the 23rd time this season. The Mets have never drifted far from that mark, going a season-worst five games under .500 after their first five games and a season-high four-games over on June 6.

“To be honest, I think we should be way past it by now,” Mets left fielder Cliff Floyd said. “But we have time to get going. No one is running away with our division. So .500 or not, we still have a shot.”

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