SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Geoff Blum's first hit of the season came at an
opportune time for the Padres.
Blum, who was 0-for-11, singled to center against Chad Bradford
(0-1). Giles then sliced a pitch down the left-field line. The ball
went all to way to the fence and Blum came racing around third to
beat Jose Reyes' relay throw home.
"Gilly did a great job of putting that ball in play down the
left-field line," Blum said. "For a second I thought Cliff
(Floyd) was going to have a shot to knock it down so my first
intentions were to get to third base, if I could. But Hoffy's
judgment (third base coach Glenn Hoffman) told me to go home and I
scored. It was a gutsy call on his part."
Blum's last hit also came in the 14th inning -- a tiebreaking,
two-out solo homer to win Game 3 of the World Series for the
Chicago White Sox last year.
"This game is very humbling," Blum said. "To go the first two
weeks without a hit. The guys had a good time, keeping things loose
and I deserved to get that first hit ball. Hopefully it's one of
many more to come."
Brian Sweeney (1-0), the third San Diego reliever, pitched three
scoreless innings to pick up the win.
The homer was Delgado's seventh and the 376th of his career,
tying him with Carlton Fisk for 58th on the career list.
The Padres tied it in the bottom of the fifth when Adrian
Gonzalez singled in Josh Barfield, who led off the inning with a
base hit. Barfield, who tied his career high with three hits, then
stole second. After Giles walked, Mike Piazza hit into a double
play. But Gonzalez came through with his 10th RBI on a single to
Mets starter Brian Bannister went five innings, giving up one
run and four hits. The rookie walked six and struck out four.
Williams pitched eight innings for the Padres, allowing one run
on four hits, walking two and striking out three. It was his
longest outing since June 26, 2004, when he also pitched eight
The Mets threatened in the seventh, putting runners on first and
third with one out. However, Williams got Endy Chavez to hit a
grounder to first baseman Gonzalez, who threw home for the second
out of the inning.
Barfield then dove to stop pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran's hard
grounder and the second baseman threw Beltran out at first.
"I don't think we're in a slump," David Wright said. "We hit
some balls hard tonight, but just right at someone. We're not
New York scored one run for the third time in four games. The
Mets were held to three hits in consecutive losses to Atlanta
before beating San Diego 7-2 on Thursday night.
The Padres stranded 16 runners and struck out 14 times. The Mets
struck out 10 times.
Beltran, who left Thursday night's game in the fifth inning
with a sore hamstring, was awaiting results from an MRI. ... Padres
center fielder Mike Cameron, who hasn't played a game this season
due to a strained left oblique, had his second rehab assignment
Friday night with Single-A Lake Elsinore. He went 1-for-4 with a
single and played all nine innings. He is expected to be in the
starting lineup Saturday night. ... The Padres went 3-for-3 in
stolen bases against Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca, who has thrown out
just one runner in 18 attempts.