San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets

SD
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NYM
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
SD 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
NYM 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 8 0

Home Runs: NYM - Curtis Granderson (9)


Game Information
Location: Citi Field, Flushing, New York
Attendance: 38,987

NEW YORK (AP) Mets manager Terry Collins walked to the mound with two outs in the first inning knowing his pitching plan was already scrapped. Still, he had one request for an ailing Daisuke Matsuzaka.

"I went out there and asked him if he could finish the inning," Collins said. "He said `I have no strength but I can finish the inning.' We had to get him out of there."

Pitching with a severely upset stomach, Matsuzaka took several deep breaths to compose himself then got Chase Headley to ground out to end the inning. Carlos Torres took over from there and, with the backing Curtis Granderson's first leadoff homer in five years, New York beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 Sunday.

Bobby Abreu added an RBI double in the first and Daniel Murphy had a sacrifice fly in the second against a shaky Ian Kennedy (5-8), helping New York take the rubber game in a series between the worst hitting teams in the majors.

On a day Collins said he needed seven innings from Matsuzaka to help cover for a depleted bullpen, the right-hander became sick before the game.

"I knew I wasn't physically fit to fill the starter's role but I wanted to do as much as I could," Matsuzaka said through a translator. "That ended up being only one inning."

Matsuzaka gingerly walked off the mound when he was done, shook hands with Collins and headed straight for the clubhouse.

Collins hopes Matsuzaka is healthy enough to offer some help out of the bullpen Monday when the Mets face the Cardinals in St. Louis.

The 34-year-old Japanese pitcher has made 16 relief appearances and four starts this season so he is comfortable pitching out of the `pen if he has to.

"If I'm physically fit," he said, "I'd definitely like to help with the bullpen."

Torres (3-4) relieved Matsuzaka to start the second, and the late-inning reliever looked unsettled. He gave up three straight singles, including Rene Rivera's RBI infield hit. But he didn't give up another hit in four innings, tossing a season-high 63 pitches.

"We're ready to do our job," Torres said. "This obviously was an extreme situation."

Vic Black pitched two scoreless innings and Jenrry Mejia made his first appearance since leaving Thursday night's game with a stiff back, working two hitless innings for his seventh save.

While the Mets used five extra-base hits - two doubles by Lucas Duda - in improving to 5-9 for June, San Diego only had four hits in falling to falling to 3-10 for the month.

Batting .215 as a team, the Padres made several mental mistakes on the basepaths. In one case, manager Bud Black had several words for pinch-hitter Alexi Amarista when he returned to the dugout in the seventh after failing to run out a grounder that Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores bobbled.

"It's not lack of effort. I know that. I think Lexi thought the ball was caught by the shortstop," Black said. "I know it looks a little ugly on television but no, not lack of effort at all by any of those guys."

Atop the order for the first time this season and back in the starting lineup for the first time since June 11 (calf injury), Granderson sent a 1-0 pitch from Kennedy halfway up the porch in right field for his first leadoff homer since 2009 with Detroit and 25th overall.

"I have no clue where it went," Granderson said of the long homer.

Granderson also singled and walked twice.

Murphy then doubled to left field, David Wright walked and Abreu doubled in a run. But the Mets failed to add on against a shaky Kennedy, stranding runners on second and third.

"I just didn't have that put away pitch. I didn't have that put away curveball until later in the game," Kennedy said. "For me, it was a constant battle throughout the whole day. They did a good job hitting - even on some of those breaking balls that wasn't down enough."

NOTES: Kennedy gave up seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. ... The Mets expect speedy outfielder Eric Young Jr. (right hamstring strain) to return to the team Monday. The Padres placed RHP Nick Vincent on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 12, because of shoulder fatigue. They selected the contract of RHP Blaine Boyer from Triple-A El Paso to fill Vincent's spot. ... Mets minor league RHP Rafael Montero left his start for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday night in the first inning because of a left oblique strain. The Mets completed the trade that sent Ike Davis to Pittsburgh on April 18. They received 19-year-old LHP Blake Taylor, the Pirates' second-round selection (51st overall) in 2013.

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Pitcher Matchup
Ian Kennedy
Innings Pitched:5.1 (Loss)
H 7, R 3, 3.72 ERA
Carlos Torres
(Win) Innings Pitched:4
H 3, R 1, 3.43 ERA

 
Jenrry Mejia
(Save) Innings Pitched: 2
H 0, R 0, 4.36 ERA

New York batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Curtis Granderson RF 3 1 2 1 2 0 2 .229
Daniel Murphy 2B 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 .299
David Wright 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 .262
Ruben Tejada SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .229
Bobby Abreu RF 3 0 1 1 1 1 0 .308
Andrew Brown LF 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 .182
Vic Black P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Matt den Dekker CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .163
Lucas Duda 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 3 .240
Wilmer Flores SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .232
Jenrry Mejia P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Anthony Recker C 3 1 0 0 1 2 1 .200
Daisuke Matsuzaka P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Carlos Torres P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Eric Campbell 1B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .286

San Diego batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Will Venable RF 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 .206
Everth Cabrera SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .225
Seth Smith LF 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .287
Chase Headley 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .206
Carlos Quentin LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 .194
Yonder Alonso 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .213
Chris Denorfia RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .256
Rene Rivera C 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 .222
Tim Stauffer P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Kevin Quackenbush P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Jace Peterson 3B 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .111
Alexi Amarista CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .195
Ian Kennedy P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .130
Alex Torres P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Yasmani Grandal C 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .195

New York pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Carlos Torres 4 3 1 1 1 4 63-35 3.43
Vic Black 2 1 0 0 2 1 41-23 0.73
Jenrry Mejia 2 0 0 0 0 0 18-11 4.36
Daisuke Matsuzaka 1 0 0 0 2 0 17-7 2.88

San Diego pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Ian Kennedy 5.1 7 3 3 4 7 116-73 3.72
Kevin Quackenbush 1.1 1 0 0 0 2 29-17 3.71
Tim Stauffer 1 0 0 0 1 1 17-11 3.90
Alex Torres 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 6-1 1.93