By RONALD BLUM   AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Dillon Gee struck out a career-high nine, won
consecutive starts for the first time in nearly a year, and doubled
and scored the go-ahead run Friday night to lead the New York Mets
over the San Diego Padres 6-1.

Getting help from a fine catch and throw from left fielder Mike
Baxter that led to an inning-ending double play in the first, Gee
(4-3) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. Combined with
Sunday’s 6-5 win at Toronto, Gee came away with wins in two
straight outings for the first time since he reeled off five in a
row from May 13 to June 10 last year.

Tim Byrdak and Ramon Ramirez completed the four-hitter.
Lucas Duda hit a tying home run in the second off Anthony Bass
(2-5), a solo drive off the “$5” marking on the Subway ad
attached to the front of the second deck in right,
Consecutive doubles by Gee and Baxter put the Mets ahead in the
third, just the second extra-base hit for Gee in 70 career at-bats.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with an RBI single for a 3-1 lead.

New York, which has split the first half of the four-game
series, broke it open in the fifth when Daniel Murphy hit an RBI
double and slumping Ike Davis hit a two-run single. Davis, who
entered with a .164 average, has driven in runs in consecutive
games for the third time this season.

Gee got in trouble early, starting off Will Venable with a
five-pitch walk and allowing Yonder Alonso’s popped single to left
that put runners at the corners. Jesus Guzman hit a drive to deep
left that Baxter caught with a leap against the new, drawn-in
fence. As Venable scored on the sacrifice fly, Baxter made a
precise throw to shortstop Ronny Cedeno, who doubled up Alonso
returning to first.

Baxter, claimed off waivers from San Diego last July, started in
left field and led off for the third time in four games, while
center fielder Andres Torres came out of the starting lineup for
the third time in four games.

Bass allowed six runs _ matching his season high _ eight hits
and three walks in 5 1-3 innings.

NOTES: Van Smith, a scout for the Padres since 1991, died
Thursday at the age of 67. … Mets RHP Chris Young allowed three
earned runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings for St. Lucie against
Charlotte in the Class A Florida State League. he threw 54 of 74
pitches for strikes. … Carlos Quentin, still recovering from
right knee surgery in spring training, was supposed to made a rehab
appearance for Class A Lake Elsinore. He also played for the Storm
on May 9 and 10.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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