Padres extend winning streak to five
SAN DIEGO (Ticker) --
San Diego Padres
finally is seeing his team showing signs of consistency while division rivals continue to falter.
belted solo home runs as the Padres won their fifth consecutive game with an 8-3 triumph over the
New York Mets
The Padres (57-55), who are the only team in the National League West Division with a winning record, extended their lead to four games over second-place Arizona.
"When things are going well, that's how it works out," Giles said. "We're playing good baseball right now. We knew it was going to turn. We just need to keep grinding."
Greene opened the scoring with his 10th homer in the second inning against
. In the third,
delivered run-scoring doubles and
added an RBI single, giving San Diego a 4-0 lead. Giles connected for his 11th homer in the fifth.
"(Martinez) made some mistakes," Giles said. "He doesn't make too many of them and when he does, we have to try to get some production. We had some good at-bats tonight."
"Anytime you can get a big inning against a great pitcher, it helps the confidence," Bochy said. "We had great at-bats and swung it well."
drove in runs with a sixth-inning single and an eighth-inning double as part of a 15-hit attack for the Padres.
Making his home debut with San Diego after he was acquired from the
Chan Ho Park
(9-5) struck out eight to tie a season high. He allowed two runs, six hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings.
"It's exciting to pitch against (Martinez)," Park said. "I was excited in my last game (against Pittsburgh) but I played much better tonight."
In his shortest outing this season, Martinez (12-4) lasted just five innings and gave up five runs and nine hits. He struck out four to take over the league lead with 167.
"It was an off outing," Martinez said. "I hung a couple of pitches there and missed my spots. It was just one of those nights. They seemed to take advantage of every mistake."
"He was trying to make his pitches but he just got it up in the zone a little bit," Mets manager
said. "He's usually so solid, but every once in awhile, he gives it up. He's human."
Mets third baseman
made the defensive play of the night in the seventh when he took a hit away from Giles with a diving barehanded grab of a popup to short left field.
"You see that every once in awhile," Randolph said. "It's just a reaction play."
had RBI singles in the sixth and
added a run-scoring base hit in the seventh for the Mets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
went 0-for-4, ending his 20-game hitting streak.