Padres-Mets Preview

The Associated Press

The San Diego Padres managed to end their woes at the plate in their first game against the New York Mets this season.

If Anthony Bass can deliver another strong outing, the Padres might not need a repeat hitting performance to win Friday night's game at Citi Field.

San Diego (17-29) had scored three runs or fewer in seven straight games and 16 of 19 before heading to Flushing for four games, but broke out with a season-high 18 hits en route to an 11-5 victory in Thursday's series opener.

"I thought all night long the guys had really good at-bats," Padres manager Bud Black said. "That was probably, obviously, the best offensive night we had all year."

Everth Cabrera had four hits after going 2 for 21 in his first six games of the season. Four other Padres drove in two runs apiece as San Diego had its highest scoring output since a 14-1 rout of Florida last Aug. 20.

"It was very encouraging just to see up and down the lineup to see the quality of at-bats the guys had," catcher Nick Hundley said. "Watching guys like Will (Venable) and (Cabrera) and Chase (Headley) just battle and grind. ... It's starting to come a little bit.''

The Padres will try to build on that performance in support of Bass, who is 2-4 despite a 2.89 ERA and having allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts.

Bass gave up two runs over six innings Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels, but exited with the score tied in San Diego's eventual 3-2, 13-inning victory.

The right-hander will make his first start against the Mets (24-21) opposite Dillon Gee (3-3, 5.44), who will seek to win consecutive starts for the first time in nearly a year.

Gee hasn't won this year unless he's received five or more runs in support from his teammates. He got six in a victory at Toronto on Sunday - his first since April 28 - while allowing three runs over 6 2-3 innings.

The right-hander hasn't won back-to-back starts since a career-best run of five in a row that ended last June 10. He prevailed in his only matchup against San Diego on Aug. 17, allowing one run and five hits over 6 2-3 innings. Bass pitched in relief for the Padres in that game.

Gee might get the help he needs from a red-hot David Wright, who went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer in Thursday's loss.

New York's third baseman is batting .456 with 11 doubles and 12 RBIs over his last 15 games, raising his season average to .405.

"He's in a zone like no other," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "His whole approach, I mean, you watch him get ready before a game starts. He's got a routine he sticks with. He believes in it and he gets himself ready to play."

Wright is 11 for 33 during an eight-game hit streak against San Diego, but 0 for 2 with one strikeout lifetime versus Bass.

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