ICYMI: Shields' record remains perfect

ICYMI: Shields' record remains perfect

The Padres' offense came to life for the second time in as many games on Wednesday as the Friars took the last of a three-game set from the Mets, 7-3. In addition to earning the series victory, San Diego closed out its homestand with a winning record, having gone 4-3 during the seven-game stretch at Petco Park. Starter James Shields kept his perfect record intact, improving to 7-0 and lowering his ERA to 3.58 on the season. Shields' quality start raised the Padres' record to 27-28, pulling the team within one game of the .500 mark and making the Friars winners for the sixth time in their past nine games.

The Padres jumped out of the gate for a 2-0 lead on Wednesday thanks to a bases-loaded HBP for Yonder Alonso and an RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Will Middlebrooks in the first inning. Will Venable would then contribute a few more runs of his own in the fourth inning, serving up a two-run RBI single to bring in Cory Spangenberg and Alexi Amarista. Middlebrooks would again deliver in the fifth inning with an RBI single to drive in both Alonso and Matt Kemp to make it a 7-0 San Diego lead. Shields pitched seven solid innings and surrendered two earned runs.

In case you missed it, here are some stories and highlights you may not have seen from Wednesday:

Padres postgame recap: All he does is win: Shields tops Mets, moves to 7-0

Shields improves to 7-0 after throwing seven strong

Shields improves to 7-0

Venable strokes a two-run single to pad the Padres' lead

Venable's two-run single

Kemp's cannon cuts down Cecilliani in an outfield-assisted double play

Kemp turns a double play

Middlebrooks' RBI single breaks open a 7-0 lead

Middlebrooks' two-run single

All Alonso, all the time: Alonso just what the Padres need at first

Padres may not be prepared to be "up" in arms: As Morrow nears return, Padres have a dilemma

One swing ahead and one step closer: Injured Myers looks sharp taking live BP

Down on the farm: Jason Lane, Tommy Medica pace Triple-A El Paso win

Buddy's Bullets: Black encouraged after Myers looks sharp in regular batting practice

Game Note Highlights: Game Notes vs. NYM (06.03) Shields Eyes Series Victory in Rubber Match against Mets

Looking forward:

Friar Forecast: Ross, Iglesias duel in Cincinnati as Padres open trip

Friday's probable pitchers: Tyson Ross vs. Raisel Iglesias