San Diego Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy delivers in the first inning against the New York Mets during a baseball game in New York, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson hit his first leadoff homer in five years, Carlos Torres and two other relievers filled in admirably for an ailing Daisuke Matsuzaka and the New York Mets beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 Sunday.
Bobby Abreu added an RBI double in the first and Daniel Murphy had a sacrifice fly in the second against a shaky Ian Kennedy (5-8), helping New York take the rubber game in a series between the two worst hitting teams in the majors.
Matsuzaka barely made it through an inning because of a severe upset stomach.
Torres (3-4) relieved Matsuzaka to start the second, gave up three straight singles, including Rene Rivera's RBI infield hit. But he didn't give up another hit in four innings, tossing a season-high 63 pitches.
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