Rookies power Padres in finale win over Mets

July 27th, 2017

SAN DIEGO -- By definition, and Dusty Coleman are both rookies. And so, it was a pair of rookies who powered the Padres to a 7-5 victory over the Mets in Thursday night's series finale.

The similarities end there. Margot -- 22 years old and the Padres' top prospect before the season, per MLBPipeline.com -- went 3-for-4 with a homer, knocking in three runs in the first two innings. Then, Coleman -- a 30-year-old journeyman who spent nine seasons in the Minors -- launched a three-run blast in the fifth, his first career big league homer.

"That's a lifetime of dreams right there in that one moment," Padres manager Andy Green said of Coleman. "It was a big swing for us -- won the game for us."

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The Padres jumped on Mets right-hander in his big league debut. Flexen, New York's No. 17 prospect, allowed four runs (three earned) over three innings, walking four and giving up five hits.

"Obviously, it didn't go how I wanted it to," Flexen said. "I didn't really give this ballclub the best chance to win the game tonight. But it's still fun, a good learning experience."

Padres starter allowed four runs over 6 2/3 frames, including three in the Mets' four-run seventh. Immediately after Perdomo's departure, smashed his 26th homer of the season, a two-run shot that cut the deficit to 7-5.

But the Padres' bullpen locked it down. -- thrust into a bigger role since and were dealt to Kansas City -- struck out the side in the eighth. Then, Brad Hand, the subject of trade speculation recently, pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Clearing the bases:
Flexen worked himself into trouble in the bottom of the second, putting three men on base via a hit, a walk and a hit by pitch. Margot made him pay, launching a rocket that one-hopped the center-field wall. Two runs scored on the double, and another came across when Mets shortstop bobbled his relay throw.

"I didn't feel like I was overly nervous," Flexen said. "I felt like I had all my emotions under control tonight. I felt in control the whole time. I just left a few pitches up, had a few mistakes and that's what cost us."

Dusty goes deep: Coleman's first career homer came after a tame start to the fifth for the Padres. With two outs, Mets reliever walked a pair, before Coleman smashed a first-pitch fastball a projected 418 feet, per Statcast™. Coleman, who was called up Monday, had his wife and 9-month-old daughter in attendance for the milestone.

"You always dream of hitting a home run in the big leagues," Coleman said. "With a couple guys on in that situation, it's pretty cool." More >

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"If that's the conversation, they're dead wrong." -- Mets manager Terry Collins, on the notion that by trading first baseman , his team has given up on the season

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"You love the fact that you can say you played ugly, ugly baseball, but you won. It was that type of day today." -- Green, on Padres' win

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Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Flexen became the fourth Mets player and third full-time pitcher to allow a home run to the first big league batter he faced. also did so on Sept. 2, 2008, and on June 28, 2015. Infielder Matt Franco also surrendered a homer in his pitching debut. In addition, three pitchers on other teams did it this season: (White Sox), (A's) and (Cardinals).

PITCHERS' BATTING PRACTICE

The Mets were already playing with a short bench when they dealt Duda several hours prior to the game, leaving them with just three reserve position players. One of those, , was their only backup catcher, while another, , was nursing a sore right elbow. As a result, starting pitchers and Matz each received pinch-hit opportunities for the Mets. Neither reached base.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

Each club challenged a play at home plate in the bottom of the first, with the Mets coming out on top both times. First, Padres third baseman dropped a safety squeeze back to Flexen, who threw home. was initially ruled safe, but replays showed that catcher applied the tag just in time, and the call was overturned.

was the next batter, but after he swung through a 1-1 pitch, Spangenberg broke for second. On d'Arnaud's throw, broke for home, but he didn't beat the return throw. The Padres challenged the call, but it was confirmed.

WHAT'S NEXT

Mets: All-Star outfielder will return to his home state when the Mets travel to Seattle for a three-game series beginning Friday at 10:10 p.m. ET. will start the opener opposite Mariners left-hander , with dozens of Conforto's friends and family in attendance. The Mets outfielder grew up about a 20-minute drive east of Seattle.

Padres: is set for his Padres debut Friday night at 7:10 p.m. PT, when the Pirates come to town for the opener of a three-game series. The veteran left-hander joined San Diego this week in a six-player swap that sent , Buchter and Maurer to Kansas City.

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