|New York Mets right fielder Mike Baxter catches sacrifice fly ball hit by San Diego Padres' Jesus Guzman in the first inning of a baseball game on Friday, May 25, 2012, at Citi Field in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)|
Gee strikes out 9, leads Mets over Padres 6-1
NEW YORK—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.