Padres 2, Mets 1

The Sports Xchange
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NEW YORK -- Eric Stults and five relievers combined on a five-hitter Thursday afternoon and Jedd Gyorko laced a fourth-inning RBI double as the San Diego Padres beat the New York Mets, 2-1, at Citi Field.
Padres closer Huston Street allowed a leadoff homer to John Buck in the ninth but retired the next three batters without incident as San Diego salvaged the finale of the three-game series. The Mets outscored the Padres 19-6 in recording easy wins on Monday and Wednesday.
Stults allowed three hits and two walks while striking out seven in five innings. The left-hander pitched out of trouble in the first three innings, when he stranded four baserunners, before retiring the final six batters he faced.
Relievers Brad Brach, Joe Thatcher, Dale Thayer and Luke Gregerson combined to allow just one hit and three walks over the next three innings before Street came on for the save.
Chris Denofria scored what proved to be the winning run in the eighth inning when he raced home on a wild pitch by Jeurys Familia. Yonder Alonso was the lone Padres player with two hits.
Dillon Gee was the hard-luck loser for the Mets after he allowed just one run on three hits -- all in the fourth inning -- with three walks and four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Gee retired 10 in a row before Mark Kotsay's blooper into short left field eluded the outstretched, bare-handed grab of shortstop Ruben Tejada. Alonso followed with a single before Gyorko's double to left brought Kotsay home.
The Mets didn't get a runner past second until Buck's homer. Justin Turner, who was making his first start of the year, went 3-for-4 for the Mets while Buck finished 2-for-4.
NOTES: Gee was making his first start since July 7 of last season. He underwent surgery on July 13 to repair a damaged artery in his right (pitching) shoulder. ... Buck went 2-for-4 in all three games of the series with two homers. He hit .192 with 12 homers in 343 at-bats for the Marlins last year. ... Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, who led the NL with 44 stolen bases last year, swiped his first bag of the season when he stole second in the fifth inning. ... Gyorko, one of just seven Padres rookies to start for the team on Opening Day since 1995, had a hit in all three games.

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