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Mets 4, Padres 1

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SAN DIEGO -- Marlon Byrd's two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning lifted the New York Mets to 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Thursday night.

The win allowed the Mets (55-64) to snap a three-game losing streak and handed the Padres (54-67) their fifth setback in seven games.

The score was tied at 1 entering the eighth inning. Byrd, who went 2-for-4 Thursday after finishing a triple shy of the cycle in Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, lined reliever Luke Gregerson's pitch over the head of right fielder Chris Denorfia, scoring Mike Baxter and Daniel Murphy, after Padres manager Bud Black ordered an intentional walk to Murphy.

Gregerson (5-7) was tagged with the loss.

Mets reliever Scott Atchison (3-1) retired the side in the seventh for the victory. Gonzalez Germen struck out three in two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

John Buck added a solo home run off San Diego reliever Tim Stauffer in the ninth.

The teams managed a run apiece in the fourth inning before Byrd delivered.

Both clubs got quality outings from their starters, neither of whom factored into the decision.

Mets rookie Zack Wheeler recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts in six innings, allowing a run on seven hits and one walk. He threw 115 pitches (73 pitches). Wheeler lowered his road ERA to 2.11 through seven starts away from New York.

San Diego right-hander Tyson Ross gave up a run on five hits in seven innings. He struck out eight and didn't issue a walk while throwing 109 pitches (74 strikes).

Wheeler retired the first seven batters he faced -- five of them on strikeouts, including the side in the second inning -- before giving up a one-out triple to Rene Rivera off the wall in left-center in the third. Left fielder Eric Young Jr. prevented it from being a home run by getting a glove on the ball, knocking it down as Rivera rumbled around the bases for his first major league three-bagger.

However, Wheeler didn't allow Rivera to get any further, striking out Ross looking and getting Will Venable swinging to end the inning. Wheeler fanned seven batters in the first three innings.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the fourth when Josh Satin beat out an infield single, allowing Murphy, who led off with a single, to score from second.

In the bottom of the inning, the Padres tied the score at 1 on Jaff Decker's sacrifice fly.

NOTES: Venable extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with a single to left in the fifth inning. ... San Diego LF Carlos Quentin, on the disabled list since Aug. 10, got a second opinion on his strained right knee Thursday at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Results were unavailable. ... Padres C Nick Hundley became a father for the first time when his wife gave birth to a girl Thursday. The Padres promoted C Chris Robinson from Triple-A Tucson to replace Hundley, who went on the paternity list. ... Padres RHP Jason Marquis, who had season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow July 30, was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster for Robinson. ... The game drew an announced crowd of 21,400.
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