San Diego Padres defeat New York Mets, 3-1

SAN DIEGO - Technically, Bobby Parnell made his first major-league start Saturday night.

The reality is his relief appearance three days earlier lasted longer.

Parnell, beginning an audition for the 2010 rotation with Jon Niese lost for the season with a hamstring tendon tear, reached his pitch limit when he plunked San Diego's Kyle Blanks with one out in the third inning to load the bases. Pitching coach Dan Warthen nodded to Jerry Manuel in the visitors' dugout, and t...