Mets, Byrd Stifle Padres in 4-1 win to kick off 4 game series

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres began a four game series against the New York Mets Thursday night, and although Tyson Ross had another nice outing for the Friars -- going 7 innings and allowing just one run -- it was all for not as the Mets walked away with a 4-1 victory.

Marlon Byrd lined a two-out double over a hesitant right-fielder Chris Denorfia's head in the eighth inning, and Mets outfielders saved two runs with outstanding plays to help New York snap a three-game skid.

Zack Wheeler struck out a career-high 12 for New York. Eric Young Jr. saved a homer by leaping above the wall and knocking the ball back onto the field in the third inning. Center fielder Juan Lagares then threw out a runner at home plate in the fifth.

Byrd doubled off reliever Luke Gregerson (5-7), who had intentionally walked the left-handed hitting Daniel Murphy to pitch to the righty Byrd. Gregerson hit pinch-hitter Mike Baxter with a pitch. Baxter stole second before Murphy was walked.

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