After 19 months away from baseball thanks to a shoulder surgery and an additional six starts into the 2010 season, Mets ace Johan Santana finally notched a win.
The Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 last Saturday at Citi Field in a nationally televised game. It was Santana’s first win since September 2, 2010.
Santana has been solid this season save for one disastrous start, but the Mets hitters have not been able to provide support, failing to score a single run in Santana’s first four starts.
Exiting the game after seven innings, a combination of Bobby Parnell and Frankie Francisco sealed the victory for Santana, who is now 1-2 on the season but a low ERA of 2.61.
The Mets fell to the Diamondbacks on Friday night, but were able to win the rubber match on Sunday with R.A. Dickey on the mound for Autism Awareness Day at the stadium.
Dickey, 4-1 on the season, carried a shutout into the 9th inning, but after walking the leadoff batter was pulled after the Diamondbacks scored a run. The bullpen sealed a 3-1 victory.
The Mets (17-13) began this week with a road trip to Philadelphia, taking the first on Monday night thanks to an unlikely hero: Jordany Valdespin, who got his first career hit in the Major Leagues, a three-run home off closer Jonathan Papelbon with two out in the top of the ninth to give the Mets a 5-2 lead.
On Tuesday, the Mets used a late rally to win the game 7-5. The Phillies (14-17) are currently in last place in the N.L. East.