Padres 10, Mets 3
Eaton allowed just two hits in seven innings, retiring 19 of his last 21 batters in the San Diego Padres’ 10-3 win Thursday, which completed a four-game sweep.
“They didn’t penalize my mistakes,” he said. “Mistakes are part of pitching. There isn’t a pitcher who doesn’t make them. I missed my spots a couple of time but I missed in better places.”
Eaton, who has won seven straight on the road, was coming off a rough start in which he gave up a season-high 11 hits against Florida. After his first pitch to leadoff batter Danny Garcia, he had a here-we-go-again feeling.
“I felt horrible on that pitch,” he said. “It was not what I wanted to keep doing.”
Eaton settled down quickly and found a groove.
Manager Bruce Bochy thought the pitcher’s turnaround was dramatic.
“He threw great, just outstanding,” Bochy said. “He had all his pitches going. He was on top of his game. He bounced back well. He’s a front-line starter with great stuff. His stuff can be electric. He throws 93, 94 mph with a cutter and a change. He should be successful.”
Right now, just about everybody is against the hapless Mets, who have lost five straight. New York never held a lead during the four games against the Padres. The Mets were outscored 26-8, with half their runs coming in the ninth inning, and they managed just 22 hits in the four games.
Eaton (9-11) came out with the Padres sitting on a 10-run lead. It was not his idea.
“I would definitely like to go out and see what happens in the eighth and ninth innings,” he said. “The bottom line is we got the win.”
Steve Trachsel (10-11) retired his first 12 hitters before Phil Nevin opened the fifth inning with a double. Sean Burroughs singled to short right field, and Kahlil Greene hit a two-run double to left-center for a 2-0 lead. Eaton followed with a two-out double to score Greene.
San Diego scored four more in the eighth, two on a bases-loaded single by Loretta.
Meanwhile, Eaton cruised through the New York lineup, continuing a string of airtight San Diego pitching. David Wells came within one out of a two-hit shutout Tuesday night, and Brian Lawrence pitched a six-hit shutout Wednesday night.
Garcia tripled with one out in the sixth, but Eaton struck out Valent and retired David Wright on a pop fly.
“It’s the same old song, the same old story,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “We had three hits until the ninth. We never led and played from behind in all four games.”
Howe said he would change his lineup for the upcoming series against Los Angeles.
‘“Maybe somebody off the bench can give us a lift,” he said.
Mets RHP Ricky Bottalico turned 35. … Twenty-five individuals from 22 nations took the Oath of Allegiance and became citizens of the United States in a pregame ceremony … San Diego had five doubles. … Delgado had two of the Mets’ six hits.