Fernando Tatis Jr. returned to the lineup on Thursday night and immediately made the Mets wish he would’ve given his injury another day. In the bottom of the third, Tatis struck a deep ball in centerfield which bounced off the glove of Mason Williams for a two-run homer that began a streak of four-straight runs that helped elevate San Diego over New York by a score of 4-3 in Petco Park.
Yu Darvish had a solid night on the mound heading into the sixth inning with five strikeouts, one walk, and three hits allowed. After getting outfielder Kevin Pillar to pop out to second and letting shortstop Francisco Lindor single into center, Darvish let up a two-run homer to catcher James McCann and then followed that by hitting first baseman Dominic Smith with a pitch. Tim Hill replaced for the remainder of the inning.
Jurickson Profar, who joined Tatis in going two-of-four at the plate, drove in the team’s other RBI during the fourth. Tatis then sacrificed his body to score the Padres’ final run of the game on a wild pitch from Tijuan Walker. McCann and Tatis collided at the plate but Nino was able to sprinkle some of his magic on the moment and was deemed safe.
The Mets minimized San Diego’s lead to one after right fielder Billy McKinney tripled into deep right field but Emilio Pagan managed to get third baseman Brandon Drury to ground to close the inning.
The Padres will be back on the field tonight for another 7:10 p.m. start time. Blake Snell (1-2, 5.55 ERA) will look to rebound from a couple bad outings against former Padre Joey Lucchesi (1-3, 6.56 ERA).