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San Diego Native Lights Up Padres Again

Adrian Gonzalez has another big day against his hometown team

The San Diego Padres lost to the New York Mets 14-2 on Sunday at Petco Park.

We could talk about how starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell was abysmal again, giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings. Or we could talk about how the Friars only scored two runs (on a Freddy Galvis single) while striking out 12 more times. Or we could discuss how reliever Kazuhisa Makita got lit up again, allowing five runs in the 8th inning and watching his ERA jump to 7.71.

But the thing that most San Diego baseball fans will probably be most upset about this blowout loss is the fact Adrian Gonzalez burned them again.

The Eastlake High School alum and former Padre All-Star came into the game hitting just .200 with two home runs and 12 RBIs as a New York Met. But if you put this man in the East Village, he finds ways to hit the ball hard.

Gonzalez ripped a two-run double and a three-run home run, upping his totals to 65 home runs and 235 runs batted in at Petco Park, easily the most of any player in the park's history. He also has a career .910 OPS against the Friars, one of the highest numbers of his career against any opponent.

The Mets grabbed Gonzalez, who has been battling back issues for several years, after he was traded from the Dodgers to the Braves then designated for assignment by Atlanta, meaning New York added him for the league minimum just in time for him to pad his numbers against the Padres.

The Mets took two of three in the series, dropping the Padres to 10-19 on the season. San Diego opens a three-game set in San Francisco on Monday night with rookie lefty Eric Lauer making his second career big league start against Giants veteran Jeff Samardzija.

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