After scoring 19 runs in the first two games of the season, the Mets offense came back down to earth Thursday afternoon, scoring just one run and losing to the Padres for their first loss of the season.
Dillon Gee held the Padres scoreless until the fourth when he allowed back-to-back singles and then a double to Jedd Gyorko to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.
Just like Jonathon Niese and Matt Harvey before him, Gee pitched very well, lasting 6.1 innings, allowing just the one run on three hits. He struck out four and walked three.
Jeurys Familia did not fare as well in his season debut. Pitching the eighth, he allowed a walk, a hit and a wild pitch to give the Padres a 2-0 lead.
The Mets finally got on the board in the bottom of the ninth when John Buck led off with a home run off the facing in left field to cut the lead to 2-1, his second blast of the season. But Huston Street settled down to close out the game for the Padres.
In all the Mets managed just five hits, three of them by Justin Turner, making his first appearance of the season.
The Mets lose 2-1. Still though, they took the series and with the Marlins looming this weekend, the Mets have a very good chance to jump out to a solid start to the season.