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08/10/05 4:45 AM ET

Padres out to stretch streak to six

New York (57-55) at San Diego (57-55), 7:05 p.m. PT

Brian Lawrence and Kris Benson will renew acquaintances on Wednesday night at PETCO Park. The veteran right-handers met at Shea Stadium on July 19, when each gave up only one run in a duel that ended after they'd departed, the Mets prevailing, 3-1, in 11 innings.

The Padres are a different team now. They're alive and kicking -- and scoring runs. They're looking like a first-place club again, having extended their National League West Division lead to four games over the Diamondbacks, who had been in a virtual tie for the division lead as recently as July 31.

Following a weekend sweep of the Nationals in Washington and a 5-1 road swing, the Padres came home to a sellout crowd on Tuesday night and put on a show behind Chan Ho Park, who pitched like a man determined to revive his career on the familiar turf of the NL West.

Park, who struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings while surrendering two runs, looked like the pitcher who averaged 15 wins for the Dodgers for five seasons, from 1997 through 2001.

Ryan Klesko, who missed five games with a back strain, returned to the lineup against Pedro Martinez and made an instant impact on Tuesday night, ranging deep into foul territory to make a tumbling catch of a Jose Reyes pop to lead off the game.

In the third, Klesko doubled home Joe Randa for a 3-0 lead and scored on Robert Fick's single.

Khalil Greene, who homered twice on the road trip and drove in seven runs, continued to muscle up with a solo homer against Martinez to get the Padres rolling. Greene had three hits, scored three times and made a sensational diving stop on a single by David Wright that cost the Mets a run in the fifth.

With the defense making plays like that and the bullpen once again slamming doors, not opening them, the Padres are resembling that club that rolled through May with a record of 22-6.

Pitching matchup
NYM: RHP Kris Benson
• 7-4, 3.42 ERA
• 0-0, 1.28 ERA vs. SD in 2005

SD: RHP Brian Lawrence
• 6-11, 4.43 ERA
• 0-0, 1.43 ERA vs. NYM in 2005

Player to watch
Randa is 5-for-11 with two homers, six RBIs and one walk against Benson.

"We think Chan Ho's going to help us. He did make mistakes in his first start, but he'd missed a start after the trade [from Texas for Phil Nevin]. He's got good stuff. With a change of scenery, we think he'll be more comfortable." -- Padres manager Bruce Bochy on Tuesday night, before Park defeated Martinez in his PETCO Park debut in will a Padres uniform.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television
• SD: Ch. 4/Cablemas

On radio
• SD: 1090 AM, XEMO 860 (Español}

Quick hits
With 10 homers on the heels of 15 in his rookie season, Greene became the first Padres shortstop to have back-to-back double-digit home run seasons. ... The Padres are 10-6 against the NL East, but they were swept by the Mets in New York July 19-21. ... Catching, playing left field and first base, Robert Fick has 10 hits in his last 23 at-bats, with a triple, double and six RBIs in his last nine games. Dave Roberts has nine hits in his last 22 at-bats (.409). ... The five runs off Martinez were the most the Padres have scored against the three-time Cy Young Award winner since producing six on Aug. 19, 1996. ... Twelve different Korean media outlets covered Park's first start as a Padre, and Radio Seoul will broadcast all of Park's home starts.

On deck
• Thursday: vs. Mets, 12:35 p.m. PT
• Friday: vs. Phillies, 7:05 p.m. PT
• Saturday: vs. Phillies, 7:05 p.m. PT

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.