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Saturday, July 19, 2014
Travis shines in return to debut locale

By Adam Rubin

SAN DIEGO -- Travis d'Arnaud made his major league debut at San Diego’s Petco Park on Aug. 17, 2013. His return to the stadium arguably will be as memorable.

D’Arnaud went 3-for-5 with a tiebreaking, opposite-field RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth after an intentional walk to Lucas Duda as the Mets beat the Padres 5-4 Friday night.

D’Arnaud is hitting .318 with three homers and 11 RBIs and has reached base safely in 16 of 17 games since returning from Triple-A.

“That was my first thought all day today,” d’Arnaud said about returning to the site of his major league debut. “I’m very fortunate to still be getting an opportunity.”

Said Terry Collins: “He’s made some adjustments at the plate. His confidence is soaring. He’s seeing the ball really good. He feels great. There’s a lot of things going on, and that’s why he’s hitting where he’s hitting.”

Tummy whammy: Bartolo Colon had a one-hit shutout through four innings but stumbled in a four-run fifth and departed. Colon had been battling a stomach ailment.

“I’ve just lately been feeling sick, like my stomach and headaches,” Colon said through an interpreter.

Done deal: The Padres announced postgame that they had sent closer Huston Street and right-hander Trevor Gott to the Los Angeles Angels for infielders Taylor Lindsey and Jose Rondon and right-handers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris.