WHAT IT MEANS: A night after overcoming a two-run deficit in the ninth, the Mets rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the eighth inning as Angel Pagan homered, pinch-hitter Nick Evans delivered a game-tying sacrifice fly and Ruben Tejada eventually scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk. The Mets improved to 3-44 when trailing after seven innings.
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Pagan’s solo homer off Chad Qualls pulled the Mets within 4-3. Pagan has homered in consecutive games for the second time in his career. He also did so July 20-21, 2010 at Arizona.
The Mets subsequently chased Qualls with consecutive singles by Justin Turner and David Wright. After a sacrifice bunt by cleanup hitter Lucas Duda advanced the runners, Jason Bay was intentionally walked to load the bases. Evans then sent a fly ball to center field that plated Turner.
With runners on the corners and two out, Padres reliever Josh Spence walked Ronny Paulino to reload the bases for Tejada, who also walked, on a full-count offering as the Mets took the 5-4 lead.
SAVE WATCH: Jason Isringhausen notched career save No. 299 with a scoreless ninth. With Izzy’s next save, he will become the 23rd pitcher to reach the 300-save milestone.
CAPPER: Chris Capuano allowed four-plus runs for the fourth time in his past five starts. Consecutive RBI doubles by Jason Bartlett and Jesus Guzman in the fifth inning had staked San Diego to a 4-2 lead. Capuano departed trailing 4-2 but received a no-decision.
BAY WATCH: Bay extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a fourth-inning tapper for an infield single. Duda and Bay scored the Mets’ opening runs, on an RBI double by Scott Hairston and sacrifice fly by Paulino in the fourth that made it 2-all. Bay’s career-high hitting streak is 14 games from Sept. 8-21, 2005 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
OUCH: Manny Acosta left the game with an escort from trainer Ray Ramirez in the eighth. He appeared to cut a finger on a comebacker.
PAD SQUAD: Second baseman Orlando Hudson left the game with a strained right groin. … Paulino threw out Cameron Maybin attempting to steal second base in the seventh inning. Maybin had stolen 21 straight bases without being caught.
WHAT’S NEXT: R.A. Dickey takes the mound Wednesday night against San Diego, the only of the 30 teams he has never faced in the majors. Dickey (5-10, 3.72 ERA) opposes Padres right-hander Aaron Harang (10-3, 3.91). Terry Collins said Whitestone native Mike Baxter, a waiver claim from the Padres, will make his first Mets -- and major league -- start.