San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Will Venable continued his torrid stretch and
staked the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 victory after clubbing the game-winning
home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets.
Venable, who had four hits in Saturday's victory and added two more on Sunday
to stretch his hitting streak to 15 games, sent a 1-2 offering from Pedro
Feliciano (0-2) deep into right and it stayed just inside the foul pole for
his 17th home run of the season. He finished the game with two RBI.
"He's really playing the game hard and you get rewarded for playing the game
hard," said Padres manager Bud Black about Venable. "He's swinging the bat
Chris Denorfia delivered a game-tying RBI in the eighth, while Alexi Amarista
contributed a sacrifice fly to help the Padres earn a split of this four-game
set. Huston Street (1-4) tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up the win.
Marlon Byrd ended 2-for-4 with an RBI and Wilmer Flores and Andrew Brown had
an RBI apiece in the setback for New York.
Starter Matt Harvey pitched six innings of two-run ball and left in line for
the win, but a lackluster performance from the bullpen forced him into a no
With the game tied at 2-2 in the seventh and Omar Quintanilla standing at
second base following his double, New York pinch hit for Harvey with Brown and
the move paid off, with the righty clubbing a double off Padres starter Eric
Stults into center to move the Mets in front.
The Padres left the bases loaded in the home eighth, but not before tying the
score at 3-3. Chase Headley's double off Gonzalez Germen stayed just inside of
the right field line and put runners at second and third, and Denorfia brought
in the tying run with a slow rolling grounder toward short.
New York struck quickly in the opening inning. Justin Turner reached third
base when he lofted a fly ball just past the diving stretch of Venable in
center, and came in to score easily on Byrd's double into the left field gap.
Byrd helped the Mets get another run in the fourth. He led off with a single
and hustled into third while Logan Forsythe bobbled a Josh Satin single in
left. Flores lifted a fly to right and Byrd beat the throw home.
The Padres capitalized on Harvey's poor start to the fifth inning, in which he
plunked leadoff man Forsythe and then served up a bloop single to Nick
Hundley. Stults sacrificed the runners over and Venable brought a run in when
he chopped an infield hit just out of Harvey's reach. Amarista knotted the
score at 2-2 with sac fly to center.
"Obviously things weren't going quite my way that inning," said Harvey. "I
made good pitches, they just put them in play and found some holes."
Harvey struck out six and is winless in his last five road starts ... Stults
turned in 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks ...
Hundley went 3-for-3 for San Diego ... Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud walked
twice and remains hitless through his first two major league games.
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