R.A. Dickey pitched well -- 7 innings, 3 runs, 4 hits, 9 strikeouts -- but was not helped out by his defense. With the Padres batting in the sixth inning and the Mets leading 1-0, Everth Cabrera executed a delayed steal of third base when he caught Josh Thole and David Wright napping. He scored one pitch later on a Chris Denorfia sacrifice fly to tie the game.
An inning later, the Padres took the lead when Thole dropped the ball during a home-plate collision with Carlos Quentin. Thole was rightfully charged with an error, as Quentin was out by about 40 feet after a strong relay throw from Ronny Cedeno. John Baker added an RBI single in the frame to give the Padres a 3-1 lead.
The Mets had no extra-base hits on the night and couldn't sustain a rally against Clayton Richard, Luke Gregerson, and Huston Street. Justin Turner and Ruben Tejada led off the eighth inning with back-to-back singles, but Andres Torres and Wright both struck out against Gregerson, and Jordany Valdespin grounded out to second base against Street. Cedeno's RBI infield single in the fourth inning produced the Mets' only run.
We knew it was over when...
Street struck out Daniel Murphy looking to end the game.
- Cedeno continued to rake, going 2-for-3 with two singles. He raised his season slash line to .291/.361/.427.
- Jon Rauch pitched a perfect eighth inning.
Nice job by Steve Sypa; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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