Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/4/12

SAN DIEGO -- The New York Mets had their ace, R.A. Dickey, on the mound Friday night. They were facing a San Diego Padres team that was 19 games under .500. And they were seeking their fifth victory in six games.

Sounds like the formula for a New York victory, but ultimately the Mets failed Dickey, who despite a strong showing couldn't overcome the team's defensive miscues and inefficient hitting. The Padres scored a run in the sixth inning and two in the seventh and won 3-1 at Petco Park.

In the decisive seventh, Scott Hairston wasn't able to run down a high flyball in right field, the position that Padres manager Bud Black said Hairston detested during his time in San Diego.

As a result, Yonder Alonso wound up with a double, and Padres baserunner Carlos Quentin headed toward home plate with one out and the score tied 1-1.

The Mets got the ball to catcher Josh Thole before Quentin reached home plate, but Quentin rammed into Thole, jarring the ball loose to score the go-ahead run.

Thole, who didn't protect the ball with his bare hand, was charged with an error, making the run unearned. John Baker then reached Dickey (14-3) for an RBI single.

Dickey didn't allow a hit until there was one out in the fifth inning, when Yonder Alonso's liner landed in left field for a clean single.

Mets hitters had their own troubles with Padres starter Clayton Richard.

It took a failed defensive play to give New York a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Padres rookie Logan Forsythe, after tracking down a two-out groundball behind second base, overthrew shortstop Everth Cabrera on a forceout attempt, allowing David Wright to score.

The Mets were on the wrong end of a delayed steal in the sixth inning, and it led to San Diego tying the score, 1-1.

Leading off second base with one out, Cabrera took off after Thole received Dickey's pitch. The speedster reached third base before both Wright, the third baseman, and Thole's throw got there.

Chris Denorfia followed with a one-out sacrifice fly to right field, giving the Padres a run without benefit of a hit.

NOTES: The Mets were playing in Petco Park for the first time this year. Before the game, Mets manager Terry Collins was asked if his team was a good fit for the pitcher-friendly venue. "I like the way this park plays for our pitching staff, for sure," he said. He didn't mention the offense or defense. ... Collins said infielder David Murphy, hit by a pitch on Thursday, was out of the lineup in part because he's still experiencing soreness in his hand.

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