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ATL@NYM: Dickey hurls seven frames of two-run ball

Aaron Harang may be 2-1 in his last three starts, but the big right-hander has been lit up in that span, compiling a 7.16 ERA.

One of those wins, his last start, came against the Mets. In that game, Harang threw 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs.

"This trip, the guys are coming out ready to jump on [opposing] pitching early on in the game," Harang said. "And even when we haven't had runs early, the offense has picked us up."

Harang may not be lucky enough to find that run support at PETCO Park, but he likely won't need as much. Despite having a 4.65 ERA on the road, Harang is 6-0. At home, he's 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA.

The Padres will face Mets starting picher R.A. Dickey, who is 5-11 this season. The right-hander has lost each of his last three games -- despite pitching rather well.

He made a quality start in each of the three losses, and has a 3.79 ERA in those games.

"Once in a while, that happens to guys, where it just seems the day they pitch, the team doesn't play well," Mets manager Terry Collins said following Dickey's loss on Wednesday. "I don't have an answer to it. He's kept us in the game. He's allowed us the chance to get back in games. But we haven't done it."

In his last start, Dickey scattered six hits and allowed three runs over six innings. And that last start happened to be against Harang.

"This was just a real sloppy game for us, collectively," Dickey said. "I need to own what's mine to own. Look no further than this locker, right here. I could have left that game very easily winning."

Padres: Road trip boosted Blanks
• Before the Padres departed for a ten-game road trip, left-fielder Kyle Blanks was batting .094. He's dramatically improved that mark in ten days.

Blanks raised his average to .235 away from home, and hit three doubles, three home runs, scored nine runs and drove in nine.

His average on the road swing was .361 (13-for-36).

• The Padres lead the Majors in stolen bases with 145, and Cameron Maybin leads the Padres with a career-high 31 swipes this season. He became the first Padre to ever steal a base in six consecutive games earlier this year.

• Seventy of the Padres' first 122 games (57.4 percent) have been decided by two or fewer runs. The Padres are 30-40 in those games.

Mets: Isringhausen closing in on milestone
• Jason Isringhausen is clawing at 300 career saves, needing one more to reach that milestone.

Isringhausen will be the 23rd Major League pitcher to reach the mark, and the third to do it as a Met. Billy Wagner (2006) and John Franco (1996) both notched save No. 300 in a Mets uniform.

• The Mets are 33-30 on the road this season, which is markedly better than they were a year ago. New York holds a 10-9-1 record in road series, after winning only five in 2010.

• Opponents have scored first in six of the Mets' last eight games. When that has happened this season, New York is 17-39.

Worth noting
• The Padres and Mets split a four-game series in New York this past week.

• San Diego holds a 224-216 all-time edge over the Mets, with the Padres going 121-100 at home.

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