August 15, 2011: Mets Beat Padres to End Skid

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Date: August 15, 2011
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 5
Padres: 4
Winning pitcher: Manny Acosta
Key player(s): Josh Thole, Will Venable, Scott Hairston
Key play: Thole’s homer in 2nd, Venable’s homer in 7th, Hairston’s grounder in 10th

The Mets faced the Padres on a Monday night in San Diego. After losing their five previous games, the Mets aimed to get back on the winning track. The team came away with a 5-4 victory in 10 innings to end the skid.

Padres’ starter Aaron Harang and the Mets’ R. A. Dickey each pitched a scoreless first inning. In the top of the second, Lucas Duda led off with a home run and Jason Bay struck out. Jason Pridie drew a walk and an ensuing homer by Josh Thole increased the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Harang retired the next two batters on infield ground balls. The Padres then failed to score despite loading the bases against Dickey in the bottom of the inning.

Harang shut down the Mets after a single by Angel Pagan in the top of the third. With two outs in the bottom half, Cameron Maybin hit a single to right field. Kyle Blanks followed with a double to score Maybin for the first San Diego run. Dickey got Orlando Hudson on a grounder to first baseman Duda for the third out. Pridie walked and stole second base with two outs in the top of the fourth. Thole singled to bring home Jason for a 4-1 Mets lead. Harang then struck out Ruben Tejada to end the inning and Dickey followed up with a scoreless bottom half.

The Mets loaded the bases, but did not score in the top of the fifth inning. Dickey pitched a perfect bottom half and Harang yielded singles to Pridie and Thole to begin the top of the sixth. Padres’ reliever Erik Hamren got Tejada to hit into a double play and retired Dickey on a line drive to second baseman Hudson. Blanks drew a walk to start the bottom of the inning and R. A. set down the next three San Diego batters. Hamren and reliever Joe Thatcher then combined for a scoreless top of the seventh.

Logan Forsythe led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a ground-rule double to center field. A passed ball by catcher Thole moved Forsythe to third base. Dickey fanned James Darnell and surrendered a two-run homer to Will Venable. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell came in and retired the next two hitters. Thatcher and San Diego reliever Anthony Bass then teamed up to shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth inning.

Hudson drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the eighth. Parnell threw a called third strike past Nick Hundley before Hudson stole second base. A pinch-hit single by Jesus Guzman brought home Hudson to tie the game at 4-4. Parnell retired Forsythe on a fly ball to center fielder Pagan for the third out. Padres’ reliever Heath Bell pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning. For New York, Manny Acosta shut down the Padres in the bottom half to send the game onward.

In the top of the 10th, San Diego’s Josh Spence walked Pridie and Thole to start the inning. Tejada’s sacrifice bunt against reliever Chad Qualls advanced the runners to second and third base. Scott Hairston followed with a grounder to shortstop Alberto Gonzalez. Thole was caught in a rundown and tagged out while Pridie scored to put the Mets ahead. Qualls then retired Pagan on an inning-ending grounder to Hudson.

Mets’ reliever Jason Isringhausen struck out Blanks to begin the bottom of the 10th. Hudson drew a walk and went to second on a single by Hundley. Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop Tejada, advancing the runners to second and third. Isringhausen then got Forsythe on a ground ball to Tejada that ended the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to put an end to their five-game losing streak.


  • The save for Isringhausen was the 300th of his major league career.