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Santana doubled twice and pitched seven solid innings to lead the Mets to a 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
"He should have had the cycle," Randolph said. "He would have really earned his money then."
Santana didn't do that, but he did have two of the Mets' three extra-base hits on a night when most of their runs came on infield hits and groundouts.
He also got better on the mound as the game went on. Santana allowed seven hits, none after the fourth inning.
"It's just one of those days where everything works out for you," said Santana, who had the second two-hit game of his career.
Santana couldn't lay claim to the game's best offensive performance by a pitcher, though. Washington starter Tim Redding drove in both of the Nationals' runs with a two-out double in the fourth inning to give Washington a 2-1 lead. It was the Nationals' last hit of the game.
New York broke open a 2-all tie in the sixth with only one hit -- Carlos Beltran's leadoff single -- leaving the infield. After Beltran's hit, Ray King relieved Redding (3-2) and Ryan Church hit a weak grounder to third. Washington's Ryan Zimmerman charged, but his running throw to first was wide. Beltran scored and Church, credited with a single, wound up on third on Zimmerman's throwing error.
"Craziest spin I have ever seen on a ball," Zimmerman said. "But that doesn't excuse me from throwing it away after I caught it."
"We didn't knock the walls down tonight, but still, that's the kind of game we have to win every once in a while," Randolph said.
In the fifth inning, the Mets tied the game after Redding's hit with another small-ball routine and a pair of close plays at first.
Redding walked the No. 8 hitter, Schneider, and Santana with one out. Jose Reyes then grounded to short but beat the relay to first, avoiding a double play. After Reyes stole second with two outs, Luis Castillo grounded to short and beat Cristian Guzman's throw to first. Castillo's infield single scored Schneider and evened the score 2-all.
"Absolutely forgot how to throw strikes for two batters," Redding said. "Especially with the eight hole and pitcher's spot up, you should be able to just close your eyes and throw strikes."
Beltran scored the game's first run in the second inning with a lead off double and then advanced on two groundouts.
Once the Mets tied the game, Santana cruised on the mound. He retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced.
"We kept saying, 'That's it. They're not going to get any more,"' said Church, who was 2-for-5 with two RBI against his former team. "He beared down, and he shut them down."
In Santana's five starts this year, he's given up three runs or fewer four times.
"That gives you a very good chance to win every ballgame he goes out and pitches," Schneider said.
|Johan Santana delivers seven solid innings for the Mets, who improve to 4-0 vs. the Nats in '08. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.263|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||1||1||.246|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||0||0||1||1||2||.311|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||4||2||2||0||1||0||0||.232|
|Ryan Church, RF||5||1||2||2||0||1||1||.342|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||0||3||.208|
|Angel Pagan, LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.304|
|Brian Schneider, C||3||1||1||1||1||1||0||.309|
|Johan Santana, P||2||0||2||0||1||0||0||.231|
|a- Marlon Anderson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.063|
|Duaner Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Santana in the 8th|
|2B - Carlos Beltran (8, Redding), Johan Santana 2 (3, Redding, King)|
|RBI - Luis Castillo (3), Ryan Church 2 (13), Carlos Delgado (9), Angel Pagan (12), Brian Schneider (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Luis Castillo (1), Ryan Church 2 (5)|
|SB - Jose Reyes (4, 2nd base off Redding/Nieves), Luis Castillo (5, 2nd base off Colome/Nieves), Angel Pagan 2 (2, 2nd base off King/Nieves, 3rd base off King/Nieves)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Castillo-Reyes-Delgado|
|New York Mets|
|Johan Santana (W,3-2)||7||7||2||2||1||4||0||3.12|
|Duaner Sanchez (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 97-64, Duaner Sanchez 12-7, Billy Wagner 19-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 10-6|
|Batters Faced - Johan Santana 28, Duaner Sanchez 3, Billy Wagner 4|
|Felipe Lopez, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.255|
|Cristian Guzman, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.312|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.215|
|Nick Johnson, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.209|
|Austin Kearns, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.205|
|Lastings Milledge, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.271|
|Wily Mo Pena, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.147|
|Wil Nieves, C||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.267|
|Tim Redding, P||2||0||1||2||0||1||2||.222|
|Ray King, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Saul Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Aaron Boone, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.263|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jesus Colome, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Rivera in the 7th|
|2B - Tim Redding (1, Santana)|
|RBI - Tim Redding 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Tim Redding 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Ryan Zimmerman (2, Throwing)|
|Tim Redding (L,3-2)||5||4||3||3||3||3||0||3.67|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 97-54, Ray King 16-11, Saul Rivera 11-7, Joel Hanrahan 18-13, Jesus Colome 31-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 10-2, Ray King 1-1, Saul Rivera 3-1, Jesus Colome 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Redding 22, Ray King 5, Saul Rivera 4, Joel Hanrahan 5, Jesus Colome 6|
|Attendance - 32780|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Eric Cooper|