Three Homers Lead Padres to a 7-3 Win and Series Victory

Aug 5, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (7) hits a two run home run during the first inning against the New York Mets at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Today's game was all about the extra-base hit. Our Padres started out with a string of six consecutive ones to take the early lead against the Mets, and ended the day with nine of them altogether.

Everth Cabrera, batting second, doubled in the 1st inning, followed by a home run by Chase Headley to put our Padres on top 2-0. Will Venable hit a triple to lead off the 2nd, but in an inning of weakness that was reminiscent of our first-half Padres, he was stranded there. Headley walked to lead off the bottom of the 3rd, then reached second base on a passed ball. Carlos Quentin followed him with an RBI double, and then Yonder Alonso hit the second home run of the game to give our Friars a 5-0 advantage. A leadoff double in the 4th by Venable, followed by the first single of the game by John Baker, seemed even more promising still, but neither of them came home.

Jason Marquis pitched an excellent game. After his leadoff single to Ruben Tejada in the 1st, he retired 14 straight batters. The Mets finally got on the board in the 6th with a Ronny Cedeno 2-run homer. Marquis stayed in the game until the seventh inning, when he allowed a double and a sac fly to lead off the inning. Dale Thayer then came out of the pen and gave up another sac fly to give the Mets another run.

But our Padres got two of those runs back, one in the bottom of the 7th when Quentin got in on the home run party, and another in the 8th with a Mark Kotsay pinch-hit RBI double. Huston Street came in and retired the Mets in order in the 9th to seal the victory.

Final - 8.5.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 5 1
San Diego Padres 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 X 7 11 0
WP: Jason Marquis (5 - 6)
LP: Matt Harvey (1 - 2)

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