San Diego Padres defeat New York Mets, 8-3

SAN DIEGO - The Mets were spared having to face Jake Peavy, who was dealt to the White Sox last week.

It didn't matter. The pitching prospect sent to San Diego in the deal shut down the Mets instead.

Lefthander Clayton Richard took a scoreless effort into the sixth inning and the Mets lost to the Padres, 8-3, Thursday night to fall six games under .500 - 11 games behind the Phillies in the NL East and nine behind the Giants in the wild-card race.

Livan Hernandez was ...