Niese, Cowgill lead Mets to 11-2 rout of Padres

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres opened their 2013 season Monday with an 11-2 loss to the Mets in New York.

Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez allowed six earned runs in just three innings, while reliever Brad Brach gave up a seventh inning grand slam to Collin Cowgill.

Meanwhile, the lineup managed just four hits off a quartet of Mets hurlers.

The Padres entered the season without defending National League RBI champion Chase Headley, who fractured the tip of his left thumb and is expected to miss the first month of the season. Two of his would-be replacements are also on the disabled list.

The Padres, who are hoping to improve on their 76-86 record from 2012, are scheduled to play their home opener, their first game with the outfield fences moved in at Petco Park, on April 9 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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