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Thursday, August 15th (All times Eastern)

New York Mets (54-64) at San Diego Padres (54-66), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.63) San Diego - Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.75)

(Sports Network) - New York rookie southpaw Zack Wheeler can stay unbeaten on the road on Thursday night when the Mets pull into Petco Park to begin a four- game series with the San Diego Padres.

The 23-year-old Georgia native was initially drafted by the San Francisco Giants before heading to the Mets organization in a trade for outfielder Carlos Beltran.

He debuted with six innings of scoreless four-hit ball in a 6-1 win at Atlanta on June 18, and has since improved to 4-0 in six road starts while toting a stingy 2.21 earned run average.

He was a 4-1 winner over the Arizona Diamondbacks in his last start - in Phoenix - on Aug. 10, and allowed a single run on six hits with no walks over 6 1/3 innings of work.

In 36 2/3 innings on the road, opponents have managed to hit just .206 - 33 points lower than his overall mark of .239.

He's opposed by journeyman righty Tyson Ross, who makes his 29th career start - and eighth for the Padres - in his 80th career big-league outing.

Now 26, Ross was a second-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2008 and was 6-18 in 53 games with the team through the end of 2012.

Ross was part of a four-player trade that sent him to the Padres in November along with minor-leaguer A.J. Kirby-Jones.

He's won three of four decisions in four starts since the All-Star Break, including a 3-1 victory at Cincinnati on Aug. 10 in which he allowed a single run on four hits in seven innings.

Ross has never faced the Mets.

On Wednesday in Los Angeles, Yasiel Puig legged out a double on a slow rolling grounder and came home to score on Adrian Gonzalez's line drive down the left- field line, as the Dodgers prevailed in 12 innings over the Mets, 5-4, to extend their winning streak to eight games.

Los Angeles trailed by four runs after five innings, but chipped away to stay within striking distance. LaTroy Hawkins blew the save for New York in the ninth, denying Dillon Gee of his ninth win. He served up a two- run, game- tying homer to pinch-hitter Andre Ethier that sent the game to extra innings.

When his hit in the 12th through the middle deflected off the glove of shortstop Omar Quintanilla, Puig never stopped running and came flying in to slide into second safely. Gonzalez handed Pedro Feliciano (0-1) the loss with his liner down the third-base line.

In Denver. Corey Dickerson went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to back another strong start at home from Jorge De La Rosa, with the pair leading the Colorado Rockies to a 4-2 victory over the Padres to take the rubber match of a three-game series.

Andrew Cashner (8-7) pitched well in a losing cause for San Diego, lasting seven innings and yielding six hits with seven strikeouts despite permitting three runs.

Chris Denorfia and Jesus Guzman both had two hits and an RBI to pace the Padres offensively.

The Padres entered the series with a slim 229-224 lead in the all-time series with the Mets, which stretches back to 1969. New York won two of three when the teams last met from April 1 to 4 at Citi Field.

08/15 10:31:19 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
1st OT
CHA 80
CHI 80
 
12th
DUR 4
NOR 6
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
8th
PHI 0
ATL 1
 
7th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
6th
DET 1
CLE 3
 
8th
MIA 3
WAS 4
 
4th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
3rd
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
3rd
HOU 2
KAN 1
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
1st OT
CHA 80
CHI 80
 
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
 
Half
MIL 63
ATL 58
 
Half
CLE 51
BRK 49
 
Half
MEM 51
DAL 53
 
Half
OKC 54
DET 55
 
Half
NOP 53
HOU 50
 
3rd
SAN 51
LAL 51
 
Half
MIA 51
PHI 55
 
Half
NYK 44
TOR 57
 
Half
MIN 48
UTA 51
 
Half
BOS 56
WAS 68
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
3rd
TAM 2
MON 2
 
2nd
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
12th
DUR 4
NOR 6