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SD@SF: Volquez fans eight Giants over seven strong

Only two Padres pitchers have made every scheduled start this season. One of them, Clayton Richard, had no trouble disposing of the Mets on Friday, giving up just one run in seven innings of work.

Edinson Volquez is the other, and he hopes to have similar results when he takes the mound Saturday against New York.

In his first season with the Padres, Volquez has showed just how good he can be, like when he nearly no-hit the Astros on July 19. But he's also displayed the traits that sometimes hold him back, including an occasional lack of control that's led to 76 walks this season.

"He just knows how to harness his aggressiveness," San Diego pitching coach Darren Balsley said. "There's times when he'll overthrow and gets wild. And there's times when he lets his guard down."

After Volquez gave up one hit, which could have been ruled an error, against Houston, first baseman Yonder Alonso said the 29-year-old right-hander could throw a no-hitter "at any given time."

The Mets hope Saturday isn't one of those times. New York has been up and down offensively in the last week, scoring two runs or fewer in three of the last four games. However, the Mets scored nine runs in a win Thursday before losing to the Padres, 3-1, on Friday.

Mets: Hefner searching for first win since May
Jeremy Hefner has been in and out of the starting rotation this year for the Mets, which makes being winless since May 29 not as bad. Still, Hefner has started three games since his last victory, and the rookie right-hander will get his fourth chance Saturday against the Padres.

For the season, Hefner has a 5.52 ERA in 44 total innings pitched. He's gone six innings in three of his five starts, a major improvement on the 3 2/3 innings he threw while giving up six runs in his first start May 24. That game just so happened to be against the Padres, who scored six runs on nine hits off Hefner.

• Mets reliever Frank Francisco had barely been activated from the disabled list before he had complaints about a new injury.

Francisco had been out of action since June 23 with a left oblique strain, and he now has soreness in his right lat muscle, which he tore in 2010. He wasn't needed in a loss Friday, but he hopes the soreness doesn't hold him out any longer.

"It's something that I hope goes away pitching," he said. "I'm going to pitch through it and hope it goes away."

Padres: Burns called up from Minors
The Padres need help in their bullpen, and they got it Friday when they selected the contract of middle reliever Cory Burns from Triple-A Tucson.

After Burns notched a 2.63 ERA in 53 games in mostly a setup role in Triple-A, San Diego manager Bud Black felt confident putting him in the bullpen, especially when considering his 77 strikeouts and just 16 walks.

"[Tucson manager Terry Kennedy] indicated that he's been pretty consistent all year as far as his stuff and being one of the better relief pitchers in the [Pacific] Coast League," Black said. "Everybody in the Minor League department felt as though Cory was the most deserving guy to come up and help our club."

That didn't mean Burns saw the promotion coming, though.

"My manager just blurted it out in the middle of the clubhouse in Round Rock," Burns said. "I was just in awe. It was surreal; it was unbelievable. I knew I had been throwing the ball well lately, but it was just surreal."

• Although Everth Cabrera was picked off at first Friday, he has yet to be caught stealing this season. He recorded his 19th steal of the year Friday night.

Worth noting
• The Padres are 19-9 against the Mets at Petco Park.

• The Mets will see Volquez for the second time this season. They scored two runs in 5 2/3 innings off him May 27.

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