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Everybody with the New York Mets wanted to make a big deal about Jason Isringhausen’s 300th career save except the pitcher himself.

Isringhausen notched the milestone save with runners on second and third as the Mets beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 in 10 innings on Monday night. The save came after Scott Hairston drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder’s choice in the top of the inning.

The Mets had a small champagne party in the clubhouse afterward.

“I’m just glad it’s over with so we can move on, hopefully, maybe get 301 tomorrow. I’m happy I got it, but I’ve got another game tomorrow,” said Isringhausen, a 38-year-old former Mets’ phenom who is in his first season back after missing 1 1/2 years due to injuries.

Isringhausen said getting 300 saves was the reason he came back.

“Now it’s time to move on for myself and keep playing baseball and hopefully get a few more saves before the end of the year,” he said.

Starter R.A. Dickey said the night should be about Isringhausen.

“Unfortunately we haven’t given him very many opportunities over the last week but I’m thankful that he got another one tonight. I’m just glad to be part of it in a small way.”

Isringhausen became the 23rd big leaguer to reach the 300-save mark. He is the third reliever to register his 300th save while with the Mets, joining Billy Wagner and John Franco.

“It puts him in the elite group of closers that have ever pitched in this game,” manager Terry Collins said. “I’m sure he’s been on pins and needles all week long. I’m just glad he got it out of the way. It’s certainly deserving and I’m really happy for him.”

The Mets won for just the fourth time in 15 games. Lucas Duda and Josh Thole each had a homer among their three hits, and Thole had three RBIs.

Dickey, who had lost his previous three starts, took a no-decision. He was chased by Will Venable’s two-run homer in the seventh that pulled the Padres to 4-3. The Mets scored as many runs for Dickey on Monday night as they had in his previous three starts.

Dickey allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out four and walked one.

Thole had a two-run homer and Duda a solo shot that gave the Mets a 3-0 lead off Harang in the second. Duda opened the inning with a shot deep into the seats in right field, his fifth. After Pridie walked with one out, Thole reached the home run porch down the right field line, his fourth.

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