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Friday, May 25, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Padres 1

By Matt Ehalt

A stellar outing from Dillon Gee and an explosive night at the plate propelled the Mets to a 6-1 win over the Padres Friday night at Citi Field.

GEE ON POINT: Gee tossed his second-best game of the year, holding the Padres to one run on four hits. While the Padres offense is rather punchless, Gee pitched exactly the way he needed to against that type of lineup, inducing plenty of weak contact. He set a career-high with nine strikeouts, the last one ending the seventh.

Since being shelled against Milwaukee 10 days ago, Gee has won both of his starts, the first time this season he's won back-to-back outings. Being able to consistently pitch well on consecutive outings will be key for Gee as he develops as a young pitcher. He's now 5-4.

OFFENSE ON ATTACK: The Mets' lineup continues to get the job done as it tallied six runs Friday night. It's a gritty group, relying on timely singles and doubles to tack on some runs. Outside of a few games here and there, the Mets have been able to score about three to four runs each game, which gives the team a good shot at winning. Five different players were able to drive in runs, including Lucas Duda belting his fifth homer of the year.

IKE WITH A PAIR: After the Mets made it clear they would not demote Ike Davis, the first baseman has responded with a pair of RBIs in each of the last two games. For the struggling first baseman, back-to-back games with RBIs could help get him going.

DIPPING: David Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk and saw his average dip down to .397. He entered the night batting .405 the top average in the majors.

WHAT'S NEXT: Johan Santana (1-2, 3.24 ERA) will try to pick up his second win when he opposes lefty Clatyon Richard (2-5, 4.63 ERA) at 1:10 p.m.