The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Saturday as Johan Santana grinded out a hard fought win – his first since September of 2010.
Santana (1-2) allowed nine hits but gave up only three runs, striking out five and walking one. He threw a season high 108 pitches and did a fantastic job of gutting out a win on a day where he didn’t have his best stuff. He never hit more than 88 mph on the radar gun.
The bullpen surprisingly held the one run lead as Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Frank Francisco picked up his sixth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
Offensively, the Mets finally gave their ace some run support and did all their damage in the fourth inning. Mike Nickeas and Andres Torres each had a two run single in the inning to account for all the scoring. Torres has been red hot since being activated from the DL and has had at least a hit and an RBI in every game since returning to the lineup. He is batting .333 this season.
Daniel Murphy had a nice day at the plate, stroking a career high four hits while scoring a run. Kirk Nieuwenhuis played right field and reached base three times, and is now hitting .311 for the season.
With the win the Mets stopped their four-game slide. They are still struggling to hit home runs and they have not homered since last Sunday when Josh Thole hit one off of old-man Moyer at Coors Field.
R.A. Dickey takes the mound for the Mets today and goes up against Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill at 1:10 pm.