Series: Game 2 of 3

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 6/9)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 8
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Game 2: Wednesday, June 9
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Game 2: Thursday, June 10
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Game 3: Thursday, June 10
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7:10 PM ET, June 9, 2010

Citi Field, New York, New York 

Padres-Mets Preview


With their home winning streak on the line, the New York Mets found a way to beat the San Diego Padres in extra innings. They weren't as fortunate when Johan Santana last took the mound.

Winners of nine straight at Citi Field, the Mets look to give their ace some much-deserved run support Wednesday night as he faces the Padres for the second time in a week.

Ike Davis homered in the 11th inning to give New York (31-27) a 2-1 win Tuesday night in the opener of this three-game set. The rookie first baseman's seventh home run has put the Mets in position to try to win 10 in a row at home for the first time since an 11-game run in August 2006.

"We've played extremely well here," manager Jerry Manuel said. "We're confident here."

With Mike Pelfrey and Santana (4-2, 2.76 ERA) leading the way, New York has posted a 1.95 ERA during its streak at Citi Field. Pelfrey beat the Yankees to begin the streak May 22, and Santana won the next day to close out that series.

Pelfrey deserved a win after pitching nine sharp innings versus the Padres (34-24) on Tuesday. Santana pitched well enough to get his own win in the teams' previous matchup, tossing seven shutout innings at San Diego last Wednesday night, but New York lost 5-1 in 11 innings.

Santana has thrown 15 straight scoreless innings and has a 0.74 ERA over his last five starts, but his only decision was the win against the Yankees. The Mets have given Santana two runs or fewer to work with in four of those outings.

The left-hander is 2-2 with a 1.99 ERA in six starts versus San Diego.

The Padres will give the ball to Mat Latos (5-4, 3.26), who is coming off a subpar outing, allowing three runs and walking a season-high four in five innings of a 3-2 loss to Philadelphia on Friday night. The right-hander went 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA over his previous five starts.

Latos won his only start against the Mets, giving up one run and striking out seven in six innings of a 3-1 Padres victory Aug. 8. After losing a pitchers' duel with Phillies ace Roy Halladay in his last outing, the 22-year-old Latos now has to match up with Santana, another former Cy Young Award winner.

"As far as going against Johan Santana, that doesn't really matter to me," Latos told the Padres' official website. "I don't really look at like going against Johan Santana, I look at it as going against a team with nine guys, starting with Jose Reyes."

Reyes opened this series with two hits, including his second homer. The speedy shortstop went 1 for 19 over his previous five games.

Mets third baseman David Wright also had two hits Tuesday. The four-time All-Star is 15 for 29 (.517) with two homers and six RBIs over his last eight games.

San Diego is slumping at the plate, losing three of five and scoring two runs or fewer in each of the defeats.

But Chase Headley was once again a bright spot for the Padres in the opener, delivering two hits while batting second for the first time this season. Headley is hitting .412 (11 for 34) over his last eight contests.

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