- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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Marlon Byrd celebrates his third-inning homer with Ike Davis. Davis went deep one pitch later.
Jonathon Niese flirted with danger but held the Padres hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position. The southpaw ultimately limited San Diego to one run on six hits and a walk in six innings in his second start since returning from a partial tear of the rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
Recker is due to have his playing time severely restricted with d'Arnaud's arrival Saturday. He possibly may even find himself in Triple-A until Sept. 1 if the rookie sticks around once John Buck returns from paternity leave.
If that's the case, Recker's last start for a while was superb. He had a career-high three hits and also walked in four plate appearances as a late replacement for Buck, whose wife Brooke went into labor in New York.
Recker doubled and scored on Eric Young Jr.'s second-inning groundout as the Mets struck first.
An inning later, Byrd and Davis homered on consecutive pitches from ex-Yankee Ian Kennedy as New York took a 3-0 lead. It marked the second time this season a pair of Mets homered consecutively. Byrd and David Wright accomplished the feat on July 21, against Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Davis homered for only the second time in 36 games since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas. Byrd and Davis' shots traveled 413 and 414 feet, respectively.
Murphy's two-run homer in the fourth staked the Mets to a 5-1 lead.
In a 111-pitch effort, Niese finished with nine strikeouts, one shy of matching his career high. The lone damage against him came on Will Venable’s third-inning solo homer.
Niese allowed the leadoff batter to reach in each of the first two innings, but otherwise struck out six in those frames. He stranded two runners in scoring position in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Welcome back: In his first action since getting struck in the groin with a comebacker on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, LaTroy Hawkins preserved a three-run lead with a scoreless ninth to notch his fourth save.
What's next: D'Arnaud makes his major league debut as the Mets face the Padres at 8:40 p.m. ET Saturday. Jenrry Mejia (1-2, 2.22 ERA) opposes right-hander Edinson Volquez (8-10, 5.80). Volquez has the highest ERA in the National League among qualifiers.