NEW YORK — San Diego rookie Ryan Schimpf homered twice and drove in six runs as the Padres beat the reeling New York Mets 8-6 on Friday night.
Jabari Blash and Christian Bethancourt also homered early for the Padres, who handed the Mets their fourth straight defeat and sixth in seven games. The defending NL champions (57-58) fell below .500 for the first time since April 17.
One day after getting swept at home by last-place Arizona, the Mets again failed to look like legitimate wild-card contenders. San Diego, which has alternated wins and losses since July 26, jumped out to a 5-0 lead six batters into the game — including a grand slam by Schimpf.