NEW YORK (AP) — On second thought, Ryan Schimpf knew he should have tried to turn two.
Such is life for a major league rookie: Big star one night, botched play the next.
Wilmer Flores drove in the winning run when Schimpf made a wild throw to home plate in the 11th inning, and the New York Mets brushed off two stunning homers in beating the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Saturday to stop a four-game slide.
“I let us down tonight,” Schimpf said. “I made the wrong decision.”
Neil Walker singled against Brandon Maurer (0-3) leading off the 11th and alertly hustled to third with one out on James Loney’s soft single to shallow left field as the Padres, caught in a defensive shift, scrambled to cover the bag.
With the infield playing halfway, Flores hit a grounder over the mound that was fielded in front of second base by Schimpf. Rather than try for an inning-ending double play, the second baseman fired home and his throw sailed well wide as Walker slid in safely.
“Wanted the double play there,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “Right there, just understanding the runner, understanding you have time. He just went aggressively and threw the baseball. It was an aggressive mistake. I can take aggressive mistakes.”
Schimpf, who homered twice and set a San Diego rookie record with six RBIs in the series opener Friday night, bent over and put his head between his knees.
“I kind of put myself in a bad position to make the throw,” Schimpf said. “Just got to learn from it and not let it happen again.”
Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers each hit a tying homer for the Padres. Myers connected off All-Star closer Jeurys Familia with two outs in the ninth, delaying the postgame concert by Styx.
“There’s nothing more clutch than that,” Green said.
Just called up from the minors, Gabriel Ynoa (1-0) pitched a perfect inning to win his major league debut after Jacob deGrom gave the Mets another dominant start.
Flores finished with three hits and the defending NL champions (58-58) won for only the fourth time in their last 17 home games.
Familia was two strikes from closing it out when Myers drove a 97 mph sinker to left-center. His 23rd homer drew groans from a crowd of 36,854 on the first Pride Night at Citi Field.
The major league leader with 39 saves, Familia has blown three of his past six chances after converting 52 straight regular-season opportunities dating to last year — the third-longest streak in baseball history. He hadn’t allowed a home run in the regular season since Freddie Freeman connected for Atlanta last Sept. 23.
Solarte also jolted New York when his two-out homer in the seventh tied it at 1.
“I looked at the video of that and it was a better pitch than I thought it was. He just got to it,” deGrom said.
Before that, deGrom was rolling along in sweltering humidity on a 91-degree night. He had faced the minimum and given up only one hit, a single by Schimpf in the fifth.
Pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson’s sacrifice fly put New York ahead 2-1 in the seventh.
Jarred Cosart had by far his best outing for the Padres in his third start since they acquired him from Miami on July 29. The right-hander yielded one run and three hits in six innings but is still looking for his first major league win since Sept. 17, 2015. “I was really happy with him,” Green said.
Padres RHP Brandon Morrow was called up from Triple-A El Paso and pitched a perfect eighth inning, his first big league outing since May 2, 2015. He was sidelined by a shoulder injury last year that eventually required surgery. … RHP Tyson Ross (right shoulder, right ankle) threw 46 pitches in an up-down bullpen session, simulating a break between innings. He is scheduled to face hitters in batting practice Tuesday during San Diego’s series at Tampa Bay.
Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (0-1, 6.46 ERA) likely will be limited to about 75 pitches when he starts the series finale Sunday as San Diego goes to a six-man rotation during a stretch of 16 games between off days. It will be Richard’s third outing and first start for the Padres this season. They signed him Aug. 5 after he was cut by the Chicago Cubs in late July. To stay ready, Richard threw 65 pitches the following day during an under-16 exhibition game in his Indiana hometown.
Mets: Rookie LHP Steven Matz (8-8, 3.60) faces the Padres for the first time. He is 1-7 in his past 13 starts.
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