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Venable gets 4 hits to lead Padres past Mets 8-2

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San Diego Padres' Jedd Gyorko, center, bumps elbows with teammate Will Venable, left, after hitting a three-run home run as New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud looks on at right during the eighth inning in a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. San Diego Padres' Jedd Gyorko, center, bumps elbows with teammate Will Venable, left, after hitting a three-run home run as New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud looks on at right during the eighth inning in a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Will Venable had four hits and the San Diego Padres got home runs from Nick Hundley and Jedd Gyorko in an 8-2 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night.

Mets starter Jenrry Mejia left early with discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow and the Padres took advantage when New York's bullpen was pressed into service. San Diego finished with 15 hits in snapping a three-game losing streak.

Edinson Volquez (9-10) worked five innings for the win and Venable extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active run in the National League.

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, a highly touted prospect acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade, went 0 for 2 with two walks in his major league debut.

Mejia exited in the fourth after throwing two balls to Logan Forsythe. The right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery in 2011, walked off the mound and was met by manager Terry Collins.

Mejia has been pitching with a bone spur. He was replaced by David Aardsma, and moments later the Padres broke a 1-all tie.

Forsythe singled off Aardsma (2-2) and scored on Hundley's two-run homer to left field. It was Hundley's second hit in his first game back after spending two days on the paternity list.

The Padres stretched their lead to 4-1 when Alexi Amarista's sharp single scored Venable after he doubled down the right-field line.

The Mets cut it to 4-2 on Wilmer Flores' RBI double in the fifth. The Padres pushed it back to 5-2 on Jesus Guzman's RBI single in the bottom half.

Venable singled in his first at-bat and stole second. Amarista moved Venable to third with a groundout and, when Yonder Alonso walked, the Padres had runners on the corners.

Mejia retired Gyorko, but Chris Denorfia followed with a run-scoring single.

San Diego's 1-0 lead was in jeopardy in the second, when the Mets loaded the bases with two outs on walks to d'Arnaud and Omar Quintanilla and a single by Juan Lagares.

Mejia hit a chopper near the plate, with Volquez and Hundley converging on it. Volquez fielded the ball near the first base line and threw across his body to nip Mejia at first.

But the Mets tied the game in the third on Daniel Murphy's RBI single, which scored Eric Young Jr. after he reached on a bunt and stole second.

NOTES: New York called up d'Arnaud from Triple-A Las Vegas after starting catcher John Buck went on the paternity list Friday. Both were obtained in the December deal that sent Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays. ... D'Arnaud will catch All-Star RHP Matt Harvey on Sunday, a tandem the Mets hope is a foundation for the future. "That certainly will be a challenge for him because Matt is a different animal than those other guys," Collins said. "But as I talked to Travis this morning I said, 'Listen, we've got a game plan. Stay with it. Trust it and obviously have some input if something isn't working.'" ... Padres C Chris Robinson was optioned to Triple-A Tucson when Hundley was activated. ... Struggling 3B Chase Headley sat out. Headley was 2 for 8 in the series after hitting .160 (4 for 25) on the last road trip. "He hasn't had many days off, so physically it's good, and mentally as well," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The last five, six games he has been going at it pretty hard both ways." ... Padres LHP Eric Stults (8-10, 3.68 ERA) faces Harvey (9-4, 2.23) in Sunday's series finale.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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