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Mets 5, Padres 4: Benoit Gives It Up In The Ninth

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Denis Poroy

Is there anything worse than losing a game after coming from behind to tie it? At least tonight wasn't a total loss. Ian Kennedy and Bartolo Colon were both equally mediocre tonight, with each allowing 4 earned runs in 5 innings. Kennedy fell behind early, giving up three runs in the first, and one run in the third, presumably to generate some sort of numerical symmetry.

The Padres offense entered the bottom of the fifth with just a single to their names, but the left the inning four more singles and four runs. Will Venable led off with a single and advanced to second when Jake Goebbert drew a walk. The pair of Pads executed a double steal (Goebbert's first big league bag). That set up new guy Chris Nelson for an RBI single. Goebbert held up at third, but caution paid off when Alexi Amarista hit another single. That put the tying run on first with nobody out. Colon finally lived up to his name and got his fecal matter together to strike out pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad, and then got Seth Smith to ground out. That still advanced the runners, giving Chase Headley a shot to tie things up, and he did exactly that. A line drive to left field knotted the game at four.

Unfortunately, Joaquin Benoit was burned by the leadoff walk he gave Curtis Granderson in the top of the ninth. He managed to retire the next two Mets, but both were grounders that advanced Granderson. A single by Travis d'Arnaud brought him home, and Jenry Mejia shut down the Padres in the bottom of the inning to wrap things up.

Tyson Ross will take the mound tomorrow against Dillon Gee. First pitch at 5:40 PM.

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