SAN DIEGO — The Mets’ Rene Rivera sent a shot up the middle, a certain two-run single that would close the gap with the Padres.But Allen Cordoba had other ideas and his diving stab help preserve a 6-3 win for the Padres on Wednesday night. “I saw the ball come off the bat and I just wanted to try and make the play and not let any runs score,” he said through a translator. Cordoba stretched to field the ball, bounced to his feet and fired to first to retire Rivera. “That was as big of a play as we have had all year,” Padres manager Andy Green said. They were other standouts as Luis Torrens had three RBI, Manuel Margot homered and Jhoulys Chacin was effective through 5 1/3 innings. But it was Cordoba’s web gem which was likely the difference. “That was a game-changing play,” cheap jerseys Green said. Torrens’ first career triple came with the bases loaded in the Padres’ four-run third inning. Margot’s first-inning homer set the tone as the Mets lost for just the second time in their last eight games. Chacin (10-7), who had lost five of six decisions to the Mets, flipped that script with a solid outing. He reached the double-digit victory mark for the first time since 2013 by allowing two runs and four hits. The right-hander walked three and struck out five in lifting his home mark to 6-2. Brad Hand worked the ninth, earning his fourth save and pushing his scoreless string to 17 1/3 innings. Steven Matz (2-4) lasted only three innings as he lost his third straight decision and extended his streak to five outings without a win. He surrendered six runs and nine hits, with four strikeouts. “If you don’t locate, you’re going to get knocked around in this league,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “You gotta get the ball off the middle of the plate.” In his last three starts Matz has pitched a total of nine innings, charged with 16 runs and 27 hits. “I don’t feel fatigued,” Matz said. “I feel good and healthy out there. There’s really no excuses to how I’m pitching.” Wilmer Flores’ homer in the eighth sliced the Mets’ deficit to 6-3. The Mets crawled within 6-2 in the sixth when Jose Reyes drew a bases-loaded walk after they chased Chacin. Rene Rivera followed with a sharp grounder up the middle, but shortstop Allen Cordoba made a diving stab and he was able to throw out Rivera to quell the rally. San Diego pulled away in the third inning. The big blow was Torrens’ triple, which was nearly a grand slam. The ball smacked the top of the right-center field wall, scoring all three baserunners. Before Torrens’ two-out, bases-clearing hit, Margot and Wil Myers’ delivered consecutive doubles, with Myers’ chasing in Margot after his second extra-base hit. Margot has five hits in the past two games and a team-high 23 multi-hit games. The Padres struck quickly when Margot stroked a two-run homer for a 2-0 lead. Margot’s first-inning homer, his sixth of the year, was hit 419 feet over the center-field fence. TRAINER’S ROOM Mets: Manager Terry Collins said INF Neil Walker (torn left hamstring) could rejoin the club for this weekend’s series in Seattle. When Walker returns, he could see time at third base. His 58 starts this year have been at second base.
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SAN DIEGO — Yoenis Cespedes hit a big league homer — and one of the Little League variety to help power the New York Mets to another victory.Cespedes had three RBI and finished a single shy of the cycle as the Mets beat the San Diego Padres 6-5 to win for the sixth time in seven games. Cespedes’ check-swing triple in the seventh inning was the difference. Facing reliever Phil Maton, Cespedes punched a pitch down the right-field line with Curtis Granderson aboard after an inning-opening single. Granderson scored and Cespedes followed him home on Wil Myers’ throwing error for a 6-4 lead. It was the Mets’ third “Little League homer” — one aided by errors — since the All-Star break. “I really wanted to hold the swing back, but I couldn’t,” Cespedes said through a translator. Cespedes exited the game after running cheap jerseys authentic the bases with a sore quadriceps, which isn’t considered serious. Myers’ errant throw was fielded by left fielder Jose Pirela, and he had a chance to get Cespedes at the plate. “So we send Granderson and I pick up Ces and I thought they had a play on him, which they did,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “On the overthrow, the left fielder did a great job backing him up, but Ces just had a good slide.” Seth Lugo (5-2) went at least six innings for his third straight start, which has produced two wins. He surrendered four runs — three earned — and eight hits. He struck out one. “Overall, I had a pretty good bad day,” Lugo said. Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his 12th straight save and 18th in 20 chances. But he allowed an RBI double to Dusty Coleman, who got his first major league hit. Jose Torres (5-3), who worked 1 2/3 innings, took the loss. Kyle Lloyd made his major league debut after being summoned from Triple-A El Paso. He pitched four-plus innings and was charged with four runs and six hits. He walked two and struck out two. “Some of the hits that fell in were definitely on the softer side,” Padres manager Andy Green said. Added Lloyd: “I just tried to make the most of the opportunity.” Myers’ fifth-inning sacrifice fly tied the score at 4. The Padres were aided by Asdrubal Cabrera’s error in his fourth career start at third base. The Mets chased Lloyd in the fifth after Granderson and Cabrera delivered consecutive doubles. Kirby Yates relieved Lloyd and gave up an RBI double to Cespedes in pushing the Mets ahead 4-3. Travis d’Arnaud’s RBI single pulled the Mets within 3-2 in the fourth. The Padres seized the lead in the second, fueled by two home runs. Allen Cordoba smacked his first homer since May 13, a two-run shot to push the Padres ahead 3-1. Hunter Renfroe homered in his third consecutive at-bat earlier in the inning when he smacked Lugo’s 77 mph curveball. Cespedes put the Mets up in the first with a solo shot, his 10th homer of the year and his fourth in six career games at Petco Park. “It has just been a matter of going for swings in the zone, swinging at better pitches,” Cespedes said.