His history against the New York Mets suggests that run could continue.
Kennedy looks to remain unbeaten against the Mets as he takes the mound Friday night at Petco Park.
Padres general manager Josh Byrnes held the same title in Arizona when he acquired Kennedy from the New York Yankees in December 2009. The right-hander went 21-4 in 2011 and was a 15-game winner in 2012 before struggling this season.
Byrnes, though, again traded for Kennedy (4-8, 4.97 ERA) this year hoping he could overcome his issues.
Kennedy continued his solid stretch Sunday, giving up two runs and three hits in eight innings before San Diego beat Cincinnati 3-2 in 13 innings. He's 1-2 with a 3.34 ERA over his last five starts.
The right-hander has had a tough season overall, but he's been good in two starts for the Padres (54-67) since the trade.
"He was excellent (Sunday)," pitching coach Darren Balsley told the team's official website. "It's not fixing things or changing them, but it's more getting them back to normal."
Kennedy is used to beating the Mets, as he's 4-0 with a 3.45 ERA in five career starts against them. His winning streak versus New York was snapped despite a solid performance July 4, when he allowed two runs and struck out eight in seven innings of the Diamondbacks' 5-4, 15-inning win.
Ike Davis is 3 for 7 lifetime off Kennedy with each hit a solo homer, though he went hitless Thursday as the Mets (55-64) beat the Padres 4-1.
Marlon Byrd hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth and John Buck added a solo homer in the ninth for New York, which was coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers .
The Mets will look to take the second of this four-game set as Jonathon Niese takes the mound Friday.
Niese (4-6, 4.45) returned from a partially torn left rotator cuff Sunday and allowed four runs in six innings of a 9-5 victory over Arizona. It was his first start since suffering the injury June 20 against Atlanta."It feels like good," Niese said. "There's nothing like pitching in the big leagues. It's good to get back out there with all the guys."
The left-hander is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA over his last seven starts, and manager Terry Collins was pleased with Niese's performance in his return."You know it's been awhile since he's been out there," Collins said. "I was very happy with the way he threw."
Niese has been solid against the Padres ever since allowing a leadoff single and retiring the next 27 batters in a 3-0 win June 10, 2010. He's 2-2 with a 2.15 ERA in four career outings against San Diego after allowing two runs in 6 2-3 innings of an 11-2 win opening day April 1.
The Padres have dropped seven of nine, getting outscored 52-23 in that stretch. Will Venable extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 with a single in the fifth, and Jeff Decker drove in the only run Thursday with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
San Diego has scored two runs or fewer seven times while dropping seven of the last 10 meetings with the Mets.
|New York Mets|
|August 10, 2013||Jeremy Hefner||15-Day DL||Partially torn ligament, right elbow|
|August 03, 2013||David Wright||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|August 02, 2013||David Wright||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|July 31, 2013||Bobby Parnell||15-Day DL||Neck stiffness|
|July 30, 2013||Josh Edgin||15-Day DL||Ribcage stress fracture|
|July 26, 2013||Justin Turner||Day-to-Day||Sore right shoulder|
|San Diego Padres|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Quentin||15-Day DL||Right knee strain|
|July 23, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||60-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Jonathan Niese gave the New York Mets some good news with an encouraging outing Friday night.
Now the Mets are hoping for more of the same Saturday when top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is promoted.
In his second start since coming off the disabled list, Niese struck out a season-high nine in six strong innings to led the Mets to a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres .
"It felt good," Niese said. "We'll see how it feels (Saturday). All signs point to a positive."
Marlon Byrd , Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy each homered as New York won its second straight game after being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers .
Niese (5-6) was on the disabled list for nearly two months with a partially torn rotator cuff before coming back on Sunday at Arizona. The left-hander won consecutive starts for the first time this season.
He allowed six hits, walked one and hit one batter Friday. Niese and three relievers combined to strike out 13, running New York's two-game total to 28.
The Mets acquired d'Arnaud in an offseason trade that sent NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto. He broke his foot early in the season while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.
"We're all excited to see Travis," New York manager Terry Collins said. "Like a lot of these guys, there is a huge buildup taking place. Some of the reports are pretty impressive."
Said Niese, who pitched to d'Arnaud in a rehab start: "It was good. He received the ball well. I liked the way he hit better."
Byrd and Davis connected on consecutive pitches from Ian Kennedy in the third inning. Murphy hit a two-run shot an inning later to give the Mets a 5-1 lead.
Davis, who has had a second-half resurgence, hit just his second homer since he was recalled from the minors on July 5.
"I finally caught up to one and drove it out of the yard," he said. "To be honest, it felt good. I have been getting jammed with fastballs in lately, and I finally got to one."
LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his fourth save filling in for injured closer Bobby Parnell .
Byrd has driven in six runs in his last three games after going without an RBI for the previous 13. Before he homered, Murphy had just one extra-base hit in his last 20 games.
Davis has four homers off Kennedy (4-9) in only nine at-bats.
"I wasn't as sharp as I wanted to be command-wise all night, which explains why there were so many home runs," Kennedy said.
Kennedy, acquired in a trade from Arizona on July 31, allowed five runs on seven hits over 4 2-3 innings in his third start for San Diego. The righty, who has allowed 22 home runs, struck out seven and walked four.
New York's Anthony Recker , starting in place of catcher John Buck , who went on the paternity list, had a career-best three hits and also reached on a walk.
San Diego has dropped eight of 10 and fell into last place in the NL West with the Giants' win over Miami.
Byrd led off the third inning with his 19th home run and, on the next pitch, Davis hit homer No. 7. It was only the second time this season that New York has hit consecutive home runs.
Will Venable ran his career-high hitting streak to 13 games with a solo homer in the third. Venable's 16th home run extended his career high.
Yonder Alonso added an RBI single in the eighth and Jedd Gyorko had three hits for San Diego, including a double. Gyorko has nine hits in his last six games, six for extra bases.
NOTES: Kennedy lost for the first time (4-1) against the Mets in six career starts. ... Padres LF Carlos Quentin is expected to miss another seven to 10 days with a strained right knee. Quentin received a second opinion from the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles on Thursday and San Diego manager Bud Black said the result was "the same findings that our team doctors had." ... Slumping New York rookie CF Juan Lagares was held out of the starting lineup. Lagares is hitting .210 (13 for 62) in August and is hitless in his last 13 at-bats with five strikeouts. ... The teams continue their four-game series Saturday night with Mets RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-2, 2.22 ERA) set to face Padres RHP Edinson Volquez (8-10, 5.80).