Padres Hand Mets’ Gee First Loss Of Season
By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Jedd Gyorko doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning for his first major league RBI, and the San Diego Padres beat the New York Mets 2-1 Thursday for their first win of the season.
Eric Stults (1-0) and five relievers combined on a five-hitter and struck out 14 for the Padres, who had not led in their first two games.
Mets starter Dillon Gee (0-1) returned from shoulder surgery last summer and was nearly as sharp. He opened with a walk, then retired 10 in a row and wound up giving up three hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Stults, who beat the Mets seven years ago for the Los Angeles Dodgers for his first big league win, made an opening-day roster for the first time. The 33-year-old left-hander had only one 1-2-3 inning but kept escaping trouble. He allowed three hits in five shutout innings, walked two and struck out seven0– including four looking.
Brad Brach, Joe Thatcher, Dale Thayer, Luke Gregerson and Huston Street followed. John Buck drove Street’s first pitch off the facing of the second deck in left for his second homer of the series, and Street then retired three in a row for his first save.
Gee didn’t pitch at all during the second half of last season. He said July 8 he felt numbness in fingers on his right hand, a day after pitching eight innings and beat the Chicago Cubs. Tests revealed a blood clot in his shoulder, and he had surgery July 13 as doctors used a vein from his groin area to widen the artery to prevent future clots.
Outscored 19-6 in their first two games, the Padres rested Carlos Quentin in the day game following a night game and inserted Mark Kotsay in left field. Justin Turner started at second for the Mets in place of Daniel Murphy, and Turner got hits in his first three at-bats of the season.
Gee gave up a run in the fourth after one-out singles by Kotsay and Yadier Alonso put runners on the corners. Gyorko, who made his big league debut Monday, pulled a 1-2 changeup over the third-base bag.
Gee escaped further trouble when Alexi Amarista hit a comebacker that the pitcher turned into a 1-2-5-1 out at the plate, and Cameron Maybin– playing on his 26th birthday– flied out.
Jeurys Familia allowed another run in the eighth when pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia walked leading off, Alonso singled him to third and Familia bounced a slider over the glove of Buck, who tried for a backhand grab.
NOTES: The Mets wore caps with orange bills for the first time in a regular-season game, rather than their usual model in solid royal blue. … David Wright struck out three times. … Jeremy Hefner starts for the Mets on Friday against Miami’s Alex Sanabia. Jason Marquis pitches for the Padres in their series opener at Colorado, which starts Jeff Francis.
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