Mets avoid the sweep in Atlanta as they get a 4-2 win over the Braves. Santana pitched well until he had to be pulled with an injury. Bullpen held it together with Takahashi getting the save. Wright led the offense with two hits and a homerun.
Johan Santana was finally able to stop his first inning woes that have been plaguing him lately but would give up a homerun to McCann in the second inning – the only run he gave up. After the second inning, he just got into a pitcher’s duel with Hudson until the sixth inning when Santana got pulled. Santana went five innings, gave up only three hits, one run on the earlier mentioned homerun. Walked one and struck out three. Santana receives his eleventh win of the season.
Santana was pulled in the fifth inning after 65 pitches with a strained pectoral muscle. He was throwing mid 80’s for his fastball before he made his exit. Didn’t even stay in the dugout. He is day-to-day.
Elmer Dessens came into the sixth inning after Santana left with the lead. Dessens got the 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout. Pedro Feliciano pitched the seventh inning, allowing one hit but no runs. Bobby Parnell had some trouble in his inning of work. Giving up a run 0 unearned – on two hits, a walk and a strikeout. Takahashi gets the final inning for his third save.
Mets offense got rolling early with two runs in the first and then some insurance runs in the sixth and seventh inning. Mets gather up eight hits, two from Wright – including a homerun.
Carlos Beltran went 1-5 with a triple, RBI, and scored a run.
Joaquin Arias in his Mets debut went 1-3 with walk, strikeout, and an RBI single. Also had an error on ground ball. Welcome to the team.
Lucas Duda went 0-5 with a strikeout. Still waiting on his first ML hit.
David Wright went 2-3 with a walk and a homerun – his 22nd of season, first in Atlanta this season.
David Wright’s HR sealed the deal for the Mets.
Takahashi gets the game ball as he is “fearless” in that closer’s role.
R.A. Dickey looks for his career high tenth win of the season as the Mets head to Chicago for a weekend series. The Cubs will have Randy Wells on the mound for them. Wells has only won two of his last ten starts. Game time is 2:20 PM.