National League Game Summary - Arizona at New York|
(Saturday, May 5th)
Final Score: New York 4, Arizona 3
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Johan Santana tossed seven strong innings to
earn his first win since the 2010 season as the New York Mets downed the
Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3, in the middle test of a three-game series at Citi
Santana (1-2) scattered nine hits and three runs with a walk and five
strikeouts for his first victory since September 2, 2010 at Atlanta.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner missed all of last season after having
surgery on his shoulder.
"To get that first one in and out of the way is always good. I think any time
you win a game it's definitely a good feeling," said Santana.
Andres Torres and Mike Nickeas each knocked in a pair of runs for the Mets,
who snapped a four-game slide. Frank Francisco stranded the tying run on
second base in the ninth to capture his sixth save of the year.
Patrick Corbin (1-1) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks through 3
1/3 innings to suffer the loss as Arizona dropped its third game in four
"I think I was trying to be a little bit too perfect and trying to throw a
perfect pitch instead of attacking them better," Corbin said about his
Arizona struck first with Ryan Roberts' solo home run over the left-field wall
in the second inning.
The Mets stranded a runner on second in the second and third innings, but were
able to break through in the fourth after loading the bases on consecutive
singles by Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner, and a Kirk Nieuwenhuis walk.
Nickeas then slapped a base hit to right field to bring home Murphy and
Turner, knocking Corbin out of the game.
Josh Collmenter entered next and after Santana's sacrifice bunt placed runners
on second and third, Torres' soft liner to center field scored Nieuwenhuis and
Nickeas to give New York a 4-1 lead.
The Diamondbacks answered in the fifth when A.J. Pollock led off the frame
with a single and Justin Upton added a base hit before both came around to
score on Paul Goldschmidt's two-out double down the left-field line to bring
Arizona within one.
Santana then stranded a man on second in the sixth and Bobby Parnell also left
the tying run on second in the eight before Francisco issued a one-out walk to
pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay in the ninth.
Pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist quickly stole second during an Aaron Hill at-
bat to place the tying run in scoring position, but Hill eventually struck out
and Upton also went down swinging to end the game.
The Mets improved to 51-50 all-time against the Diamondbacks...Santana is 3-0
in five career starts against Arizona...Mets third baseman David Wright went
0-for-4 to snap his 10-game hit streak...Hill went 0-for-5 to snap his streak
of 21 straight games in which he reached base safely.
05/05 22:51:05 ET