SAN DIEGO (AP) — Travis d’Arnaud’s go-ahead single in the ninth inning lifted the New York Mets to their fourth straight win, 5-4 over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
The Mets won for the ninth time in 11 games as they began a 10-game trip and matched their longest winning streak of the season.
Jeurys Familia (2-3) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the win. Jenrry Mejia worked the ninth for his 11 save in 13 chances.
Joaquin Benoit (3-2) took the loss.
New York had jumped out to a 4-0 lead but Bartolo Colon couldn’t hold it and left the game after giving up four runs in San Diego’s fifth inning.
Curtis Granderson drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and moved to third on groundouts by Daniel Murphy and David Wright. After Lucas Duda was walked intentionally, d’Arnaud punched a single to right field for his second RBI and third hit of the game.
The Mets had gotten the go-ahead run into scoring position in the eighth inning on Ruben Tejada’s two-out double, but Bobby Abreu grounded out and failed to get a hit for the 18th straight time as a pinch-hitter.
Colon was strong early, which was different for him. He had allowed a first-inning run in five consecutive starts, before shutting down the Padres over the first 4 1-3 innings.
The Padres snapped a 25-inning scoreless skid when they scored four in the fifth to tie it.
Will Venable opened with a single, Jake Goebbert walked, and they advanced on a double steal. Chris Nelson, who joined the Padres earlier Friday from Triple A El Paso, singled in Venable.
Alexi Amarista, who had three hits, followed with a run-scoring single to slice the deficit in half. After Nelson and Amarista moved up on Seth Smith’s grounder to first, Chase Headley tied the game with a two-run single.
New York extended its lead to 4-0 in the third when Duda scored after starting the inning with a double. D’Arnaud drove in Duda with his second single of the night.
The Mets struck early with three first-inning runs as Ian Kennedy struggled after getting two outs. Kennedy, who had surrendered just two runs in 21 innings, allowed three hits, nailed Duda with a pitch, and walked Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
The key blow was Juan Lagares’ single that scored Duda and d’Arnaud, who was aboard on a single that drove in Granderson.
NOTES: Padres RHP Andrew Cashner, sidelined by a sore right shoulder, will throw on Saturday. … 2B Jedd Gyorko will play this weekend for Triple A El Paso as he rebounds from plantar fasciitis in his left foot. … Padres SS Everth Cabrera (left hamstring strain) is expected to leave Monday for a rehabilitation assignment. … Mets RHP Jon Niese (left shoulder strain) threw a bullpen session on Friday. … The Mets are 4-2-1 in their last seven series. … Mets RHP Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56) faces Padres RHP Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) on Saturday night.