SAN DIEGO (AP) - Travis d’Arnaud returned to San Diego, the site of his major league debut, and recorded another memorable moment.
D’Arnaud’s go-ahead single in the ninth inning lifted the New York Mets to their fourth straight win, 5-4 over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
The Mets won for the ninth time in 11 games as they began a 10-game trip and matched their longest winning streak of the season.
D’Arnaud played his first game for the Mets at Petco Park on Aug. 17, 2013. That night he went 0 for 2 with two walks.
“That was my first thought all day today,” he said.
On Friday he had three hits and two RBIs as the Mets picked up where they left off before the All-Star break. After a slow start, d’Arnaud is showing the promise that has long made him among the Mets’ top prospects.
“I’m not thinking about mechanics anymore,” d’Arnaud said. “I’m more focused in on the ball that is 90 miles an hour coming at me.”
And the Mets stayed hot, after an 8-2 homestand.
“That’s big,” d’Arnaud said. “We had good momentum before the All-Star break happened, and we won tonight and we’re going to keep it going.”
Jeurys Familia (2-3) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the win. Jenrry Mejia worked the ninth for his 11 save in 13 chances.
Joaquin Benoit (3-2) took the loss as he pitched the ninth inning with closer Huston Street unavailable. Street was dealt to the Angels in a six-player trade that was announced after the game.
“It’s tough to see guys go,” Padres third baseman Chase Headley said. “I think guys know that’s part of it.”
New York had seized a 4-0 lead but Bartolo Colon couldn’t hold it and left the game after giving up four runs in San Diego’s fifth inning.
Colon was derailed by a sour stomach and a headache.
“He didn’t feel very good,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “The fifth inning wore him down a little bit. Usually as the game goes on he gets better.”