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Saturday, August 17th (All times Eastern)

New York Mets (56-64) at San Diego Padres (54-68), 8:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Jenrry Mejia (1-2, 2.22) San Diego - Edinson Volquez (8-10, 5.80)

(Sports Network) - The New York Mets target their second three-game winning streak in the last 10 days when they continue a four-game series against the San Diego Padres Saturday from Petco Park.

The Mets won the opener of this set by a 4-1 score to halt a three-game slide, then registered a 5-2 win Friday night thanks to home runs by Daniel Murphy, Marlon Byrd and Ike Davis.

Anthony Recker had three hits and a run scored for New York, which is 4-4 on an 11-game road trip and has won seven of 11 games overall. Jon Niese earned the win by striking out nine batters over six innings of one-run ball and LaTroy Hawkins nailed down his fourth save in a scoreless ninth.

The Mets have scored the game's first run in 10 of their last 11 contests.

New York catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is set to make his major league debut Saturday and will take the roster spot of starting catcher John Buck, who flew to New York on Friday for the birth of his third child.

"We're all excited to see Travis," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Like a lot of these guys, there's a huge buildup taking place. Some of the reports are pretty impressive, and you hear about them, so I'm pretty excited to see him play."

d'Arnaud batted .304 with two homers and 12 RBI in 19 games (56 at-bats) with Triple-A Las Vegas. He will be the battery mate to Jenrry Mejia, who will take the mound against the Padres and is 1-2 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts. Mejia lost at Los Angeles on Monday in a 4-2 setback and gave up three runs -- two earned -- in six innings.

Mejia has no record or ERA in two relief appearances against the Padres, spanning just two innings of work. The right-hander is 1-2 in three road assignments this season.

The Padres are 0-2 on so far their 10-game homestand, have dropped four straight at Petco Park and lost for the eighth time in 10 tries Friday.

Will Venable hit a solo homer and Yonder Alonso added an RBI, while starter Ian Kennedy was tagged for five runs on seven hits and four walks with seven K's over 4 2/3 innings. Kennedy is 1-1 over three starts since being dealt to San Diego and has dropped six of his last seven decisions overall.

"His stuff was good as evidenced by the seven strikeouts," Padres manager Bud Black said of Kennedy.

Black will hand the ball to Edinson Volquez Saturday night and he has lost two straight starts. Volquez fell to 2-4 in his previous six decisions in Monday's 14-2 loss at Colorado and was served for eight runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings to fall to 8-10 in 25 starts with a 5.80 ERA.

Volquez is 3-7 in 12 starts at Petco Park this season and lost to the Mets on April 1, when he lasted just three innings and gave up six runs in an 11-2 loss. The right-hander is winless (0-5) in six career starts against the Mets and has a 7.76 ERA in that span.

New York took two of three matchups with San Diego from April 1-3 at Citi Field.

08/17 10:45:17 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
2nd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
 
4th
BRK 108
DET 105
 
4th
SAC 99
LAL 93
 
4th
ORL 85
PHI 96
 
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
 
3rd
MIN 47
IND 61
 
3rd
OKC 57
NOP 62
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
 
2nd
ALA 60
APP 59
 
2nd
KSU 46
NDST 44
 
2nd
WASU 55
SJST 35
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
3rd
DET 1
COL 0
 
3rd
EDM 5
DAL 5
 
2nd
BOS 1
BUF 1
 
2nd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
2nd
CHI 2
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA