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James Shields is the first starter to win his first six decisions in a San Diego Padres uniform, and another victory would give him the longest winning streak of his career.

Shields looks to go 7-0 for the first time and help the Padres win their first series at home in a month Wednesday night against the New York Mets.

Shields (6-0, 3.69 ERA) held the same record with a 3.04 ERA through his first 13 starts with Tampa Bay in 2007, and he's the first Padre to win his first six decisions in a season since Andy Hawkins went 11-0 in 1985.

Butch Metzger started his Padres career with 11 straight winning decisions - all in relief - from 1975-76.

Shields, who spent the last two years with Kansas City, has seen his last six starts end in San Diego wins, but he didn't get a decision in Friday's 6-2 victory over Pittsburgh. The right-hander did his part, yielding two runs with six strikeouts in six innings but didn't get any support before Derek Norris' walkoff grand slam.

Shields won his only meeting with the Mets on June 20, 2009, with the Rays.

The Padres (26-28) won 7-2 on Tuesday to beat New York (29-24) for the fifth time in seven meetings in San Diego. They had seven runs and 10 hits off Noah Syndergaard to chase the rookie phenom after four innings.

San Diego is in position to win its first series at Petco Park since sweeping a three-game set from Colorado from May 1-3. The team is 5-8 there since, splitting the last six.

Norris is 10 for 29 (.345) with two homers and seven RBIs in seven games after going 2 for 4 with a two-run blast Tuesday. He's 4 for 9 (.444) in four career meetings with the Mets, going 2 for 3 with a double off scheduled starter Dillon Gee (0-2, 3.86).

Yonder Alonso had three hits and two runs Tuesday in his return from a bone bruise in his right shoulder that kept him out since May 7. He's a .353 hitter in his last 18 games against New York.

"I just want to make sure I do my part and enjoy it and compete," Alonso told MLB's official website.

The Mets have dropped eight of nine on the road, and this will be Gee's first start in a month due to a groin strain.

With New York intent on Syndergaard remaining a starter and in the majors, Gee is rounding out a six-man rotation that manager Terry Collins claimed is designed to limit innings on New York's young arms - Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom.

It's unclear how long this arrangement will last.

"He's pitched great," Gee said of Syndergaard. "He deserves to be here as well. I wonder the same thing as most people, like what's going to happen.

"Six-man rotation, I don't really have anything to say about that, because I've never done it. I guess we'll see how that is after we do it for a little bit, see what everybody thinks."

Gee is 10-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 22 starts with six or more days of rest, and he allowed three earned runs in 16 2-3 innings over three rehab starts in the minors.

The right-hander has a 3.97 ERA while losing his last two starts against the Padres after winning his first two with a 1.32 mark.


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