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.
RHP Kris Benson
7-4, 3.42 ERA
0-0, 1.28 ERA vs. SD in 2005
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.
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Official game notes
SD: Ch. 4/Cablemas
NYM: WFAN, WADO
SD: 1090 AM, XEMO 860 (Español}
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.
Thursday: vs. Mets, 12:35 p.m. PT
Friday: vs. Phillies, 7:05 p.m. PT
Saturday: vs. Phillies, 7:05 p.m. PT