SAN DIEGO — — Jeff McNeil doubled in Starling Marte with the go-ahead run on the first pitch of the 10th inning, and the New York Mets extended their winning streak to a season-high six games by beating the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Friday night in a battle between expensive, underperforming teams.
McNeil’s grounder by rookie Tom Cosgrove (1-2) went just inside the line past diving first baseman Jake Cronenworth and into right field to pick up Marte, the automatic runner. Francisco Alvarez followed with his fourth consecutive single to score McNeil, the 2022 NL batting champion.
The Mets added with a two-run single by Francisco Lindor, who had three hits and three RBI as he followed up his first career five-hit game the night before.
Lindor homered off Yu Darvish in the third to pull the Mets within 3-2. It was his 19. Daniel Vogelbach’s third single off Darvish tied it at 3 in the fifth. He also had an RBI single in the first.
The Mets had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth before Nick Martinez got Marte to pop into a 1-2-3 double play.
“This was a big win for us,” McNeil said. “We battled back on it, battled all night, and it feels good for him. They’re playing well, we’re playing well, close in the standings. We’ve got to keep playing good baseball. We’re doing it right now. We’ve got to keep it up, finish the first half strong and take that momentum into the second half.”
Drew Smith (4-3) pitched the ninth for the win.
Manny Machado hit a two-run homer for the Padres in the 10th, his 13th.
The Padres fell to 0-8 in extra-inning games. They were coming off their first three-game sweep of the season, against two-way All-Star Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels.
The teams entered with 41-46 records and buried in fourth place in their respective divisions. The Mets have baseball’s largest payroll at about $360 million, and the Padres are third at about $250 million.
The Padres had World Series hopes after reaching the NL Championship Series. Along the way, they eliminated the 101-win Mets in a wild-card series and the 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. They signed shortstop Xander Bogaerts to a $280 million, 11-year contract and welcomed back Fernando Tatis Jr. from an 80-game doping suspension, but has struggled offensively.
The Mets went on an amazing money ride under owner Steve Cohen, but their bullpen has been a problem after Edwin Diaz was lost before the season to a knee injury.
The Padres took a 2-1 lead in the first when Machado hit an RBI double off Justin Verlander with two outs and then raced home on third baseman Luis Guillorme’s fielding error. Guillorme made an impressive leaping catch of Gary Sanchez’s line drive in the sixth.
Trent Grisham’s RBI double in the second gave San Diego a 3-1 lead.
Darvish, who had been out for more than two weeks with an illness, allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings.
Verlander, making just his third career start against the Padres, gave up three runs, two earned and five hits in six innings.
The Mets were coming off a 9-0 rout in Arizona.
“I think we’ve got to start going on a little streak,” Verlander said. “Some games are like yesterday and some games are like today. You get some games going your way. It seems like a lot of things haven’t gone our way, so it’s nice to see it change a bit.”
Padres: 2B Ha-Seong Kim was replaced by Roughned Odor to open the ninth. Kim pinched his right big toe as he kicked a water cooler in frustration after he was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple with the score tied in the seventh. Juan Soto then doubled, but Fernando Tatis Jr. flied out to end the inning.
Mets LHP David Peterson (2-6, 6.61 ERA) and Padres LHP Blake Snell (5-7, 3.03) are scheduled to start Saturday night.