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NL GAME OF THE DAY

Everth Cabrera's grand slam lead Padres over Mets

The rookie connects on a 3-2 pitch in the ninth off Francisco Rodriguez.

August 08, 2009|Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — Rookie Everth Cabrera hit a grand slam in the ninth inning off closer Francisco Rodriguez to give the San Diego Padres a 6-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.

Cabrera, who struck out three times, connected on a 3-and-2 pitch from Rodriguez (2-3) into the right-field stands to give the Padres their 11th win over New York in 14 games.

The Padres tied the game in the ninth at 2-2 after Kyle Blanks led off with a walk and scored on fellow rookie Will Venable's double into the right-field corner off Rodriguez.

Heath Bell (4-1) pitched the ninth for the win.

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