Jeremy Hefner helps Mets beat Padres, 6-2

Mike Baxter tosses his bat as he heads

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Mike Baxter tosses his bat as he heads to first base with his fourth consecutive walk during the seventh inning. (Aug. 4, 2012) (Credit: AP)

SAN DIEGO -- Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged before Saturday night's game that Jeremy Hefner likely was making his last big-league start for a while. With Johan Santana due back next Saturday, Hefner will be ticketed for the bullpen or even Triple-A Buffalo.

At least Hefner will have gone out with a positive performance that Collins can keep in his memory bank. The righthander allowed...

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