Saturday, May 5, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Diamondbacks 3
By Matt Ehalt
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Johan Santana won for the first time since Sept. 2, 2010 as the Mets defeated the Diamondbacks, 4-3, on Saturday at Citi Field. The Mets bullpen held onto a late lead one day after blowing a two-run lead in the eighth. The Mets improved to 14-13 on the season and snapped their four-game losing streak.
A RUN?!?!: Santana had received a grand total of four runs of support over his first five starts, and the team matched that total on Saturday. By exploding for four in the fourth, the Mets gave the lefty a lead to work with. While he gave two runs back right away, Santana left after seven innings with his team up 4-3. He picked up a much-deserved first win of the year, as he had been 0-2 entering the game despite a 2.25 ERA over those five starts.
It wasn't Santana's prettiest start, as Arizona produced nine hits and put men on base in every inning except the first and seventh. But the veteran showed some toughness as he worked out of tough jams. He struck out five and only walked one.
REJUVENATED: There might not be a hotter bat in the Mets lineup than that of Andres Torres. Since returning from the disabled list on April 30, he's had a hit and an RBI in each of the five games he's played in. On Saturday, he laced a two-run single to left-center to give the Mets a 4-1 lead. Arizona even intentionally walked him in the seventh.
BACK AT IT:: The bullpen bounced back after Friday's debacle when it gave up three in the eighth, blowing a two-run lead. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless eighth, while Frank Francisco brought the go-ahead run to the plate but managed to lock down his sixth save. The Mets bullpen has been very shaky of late, and made it scary in the ninth inning, but the unit still did its job and finished off a much-needed win.
GOOD CALL: Manager Terry Collins made some changes to the lineup Saturday and they paid off. Justin Turner, starting in place of Ike Davis at first base, drove in and scored a run. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, playing for Lucas Duda, was 1-for-2 and reached base three times. Backup catcher Mike Nickeas had the go-ahead two-run single in the fourth.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Mets will look to win the series when R.A. Dickey (3-1, 4.45 ERA) opposes Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.13) at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday.