New York (57-54) at San Diego (56-55)

Partly Cloudy Currently: San Diego, CA
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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Aug 9, 2005
  • TV: MSG, Ch4
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Staff ace Pedro Martinez looks to keep his team’s momentum going when the New York Mets open a three-game series with the San Diego Padres.

The Mets are coming off a three-game home sweep of Chicago, outscoring the Cubs 17-6.

Cliff Floyd had three hits and reached safely all four times at-bat, Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to a career-best 20 games and the Mets beat the Cubs 6-1 on Sunday.

“Everybody’s eyes light up when he gets on. He makes it easier for everybody,” Floyd said of Reyes, whose hitting streak is currently the longest in the majors.

The Mets moved within 6 1/2 games of the Atlanta Braves for the NL East lead, and remained three behind the wild card-leading Houston Astros.

“If they look at the standings then they know we’re back in the mix,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “I trust they understand it’s time to play.”

Even though he wasn’t involved in the decision either time, the Mets have lost Martinez’s last two starts. The right-hander struck out eight for the second straight outing Wednesday, allowing three runs and eight hits in seven innings of a 6-4 loss to Milwaukee.

“Every team feels good when their best pitcher’s going, but at this point of the season, we’ve seen enough of how the season goes that we’re not going to put our eggs in one basket,” Randolph said.

San Diego has won four straight, including a 3-0 victory Sunday to complete a three-game road sweep of the Washington Nationals.

Despite being only one game over .500, the Padres have a three-game lead over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.

“We definitely didn’t want to be under .500. We felt embarrassed when we played the way we did,” pitcher Jake Peavy said. “But this team is back playing the baseball that we know we can play.”

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Starting Pitchers

P. Martinez Phi vs. C. Park Pit
15-8 Record 12-8
2.82 ERA 5.74
208 K 113
47 BB 80
0.95 WHIP 1.67