7:10 PM ET, April 13, 2009
Citi Field, New York, NY
Mets fall behind early but rally falls short as Padres win Citi Field debut
NEW YORK -- The place looked gorgeous. The Mets looked lost.Jody Gerut christened Citi Field with a leadoff homer -- the only time that's happened in major league history -- and the San Diego Padres spoiled New York's first game in its glittering new ballpark with a 6-5 victory Monday night.
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• Jody Gerut became the first player in MLB history to open a ballpark with a home run.
• David Wright tied the game at five in the fifth inning, but Luis Rodríguez scored on a Pedro Feliciano balk in the sixth inning for the winning margin.
• The Padres have won five straight and lead the NL West at 6-2.
• Edward Mujica earned the first win in Citi Field history, while Brian Stokes took the loss.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Across town, the new Yankee Stadium opens Thursday with a game against Cleveland. ... Gary Sheffield is slated to get his first Mets start Wednesday night in right field.
Regular Season Series
|1st||J Gerut homered to right.||1||0|
|2nd||D Eckstein doubled to left, W Silva and J Gerut scored.||3||0|
|2nd||B Giles singled to center, D Eckstein scored.||4||0|
|2nd||L Castillo doubled to deep right, B Schneider scored.||4||1|
|5th||A Gonzalez homered to right.||5||1|
|5th||D Murphy singled to deep right, G Sheffield scored, J Reyes to third.||5||2|
|5th||D Wright homered to left, J Reyes and D Murphy scored.||5||5|
|6th||L Rodriguez scored on P Feliciano's balk.||6||5|
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|Stadium||Citi Field, New York, NY|
|Attendance||41,007 (97.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||54 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Bill Hohn|