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N.Y. Mets (22-19) «010300100583
Boston (25-17)010200000371

Santana leads Mets over BoSox in Dice-K's return

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Johan Santana did fine against the Boston Red Sox hitters. His own fielders gave him problems.

The ace lefty should be used to it.

The New York Mets won 5-3 Friday night despite making three errors. More than a third of their miscues, 12 of 35, have occurred in Santana's starts. And only 10 of the 17 runs he's allowed this season have been earned.

"After a mistake or error, you try and bounce back and get the next guy," Santana said. "That's what I was doing."

All three errors, two by shortstop Ramon Martinez and one by third baseman David Wright, came with fewer than two outs, and Santana (6-2) retired all the batters who followed in those three innings.

"He doesn't let it get in the way," Martinez said.

The game became testy in the fifth, when Santana hit Kevin Youkilis on the elbow with a pitch and the players exchanged words.

Youkilis said he reacted by saying, "'That hurts.' I was joking around." He also said Santana wasn't throwing at him. But Santana took it seriously.

"Two outs, two strikes, there's no way I'm going to try and hit somebody," Santana said. "I hit him and he started looking at me. If you look at me, I'm going to give it back."

New York broke a four-game losing streak and never trailed after Gary Sheffield's 502nd career homer and third of the season made it 1-0 in the second. Jason Varitek's eighth homer tied it in the bottom of the inning before New York took the lead for good against Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2) with three runs in the fourth.

Matsuzaka was activated Friday after going on the disabled list April 15 following two poor outings.

"My pitches today were the best of all my recent starts, including my [three] rehab starts," he said.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 12 opportunities.

Santana allowed two earned runs, six hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out eight, getting David Ortiz and Youkilis three times each. In his other four appearances at Fenway Park he was 1-3 with a 6.89 ERA. He came into Friday's game with an NL-best 1.36 ERA that rose to 1.50.

The first batter he faced, speedy Jacoby Ellsbury, beat out a high hopper to second baseman Luis Castillo. Then came the first error -- a tough bouncer that eluded third baseman Wright. But Santana struck out the next two batters and ended the inning with a forceout at second.

The next error came in the fourth.

Jason Bay led off with a walk and was forced at second on J.D. Drew's grounder. Mike Lowell doubled Drew to third and both scored when Varitek's hard shot bounced off Martinez and into short left field. Varitek reached second, but Santana retired the next two batters, ending the inning with a 4-3 lead.

He struggled again in the sixth when Drew led off with a single. With one out, Varitek singled in the hole to Martinez, whose throw to second was low and bounced into right field. That put runners at second and third, but, again, Santana escaped, retiring Julio Lugo and Ellsbury.

He left after striking out the last two batters in the seventh.

"It's just another impressive performance for him," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "I do hope at some point we play a real, real crisp game behind him."

The Mets took a 4-1 lead in the fourth on RBI singles by Wright, Omir Santos and Martinez. Their final run came in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Angel Pagan.

Notes

  • Pagan replaced RF Ryan Church, who left in the bottom of the fourth with a sore right hamstring.
  • Carlos Beltran had a sore right knee and was the designated hitter.
  • Ortiz went 0 for 4 and is 1 for 8 in two games since breaking his career-long 149-game homerless drought.
  • Wright extended his hitting streak to 13 games and has reached base with a hit or walk in 26 of his 36 plate appearances in the first eight games of a 10-game road trip.
  • The Red Sox optioned LHP Hunter Jones to Triple-A Pawtucket.
  • Mets SS Jose Reyes is day to day with tendinitis behind his right calf.
 
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Johan Santana survives the Mets' three errors to earn his sixth win.  (AP)
Johan Santana survives the Mets' three errors to earn his sixth win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Varitek
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

J. Santana
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 1
K 8
 
New York Mets
Daniel Murphy, 1B3000110 .256
Ryan Church, RF2000010 .272
    Angel Pagan, RF1011000 .400
Carlos Beltran, DH4110001 .367
Gary Sheffield, LF3211112 .257
David Wright, 3B3011100 .362
Jeremy Reed, CF4110002 .324
Omir Santos, C4011022 .254
Ramon Martinez, SS4011011 .063
Luis Castillo, 2B4110012 .278
Totals3258537  
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (14, Matsuzaka)
HR - Gary Sheffield (3, Matsuzaka)
SH - Daniel Murphy (2), Angel Pagan (1)
RBI - Angel Pagan (1), Gary Sheffield (9), David Wright (29), Omir Santos (13), Ramon Martinez (2)
2-OUT RBI - Omir Santos (6), Ramon Martinez (1)
SB - Angel Pagan (2, 2nd base off Masterson/Varitek)
CS - Jeremy Reed (1, 2nd base by Masterson/Varitek)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Castillo-Martinez-Murphy
E - Ramon Martinez 2 (4, Misplayed grounder), David Wright (7, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Johan Santana (W,6-2) 7732181 1.50
Bobby Parnell (H,8) 1000010 1.86
Francisco Rodriguez (S,12) 1000000 0.87
HBP - Youkilis (by Johan Santana)
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 118-79, Bobby Parnell 11-7, Francisco Rodriguez 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 8-6, Bobby Parnell 1-1
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 31, Bobby Parnell 3, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5010003 .299
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4020000 .323
David Ortiz, DH4000034 .205
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3000033 .390
Jason Bay, LF3000113 .295
J.D. Drew, RF4110011 .258
Mike Lowell, 3B4110001 .288
Jason Varitek, C4122000 .246
Julio Lugo, SS4000013 .274
Totals3537219  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (14, Santana), Mike Lowell (14, Santana)
HR - Jason Varitek (8, Santana)
RBI - Jason Varitek 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Varitek (8)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Matsuzaka-Youkilis-Lowell
E - Dustin Pedroia (2, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Daisuke Matsuzaka (L,0-2) 5544241 10.32
Justin Masterson 3311130 4.47
Daniel Bard 1000000 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 80-50, Justin Masterson 41-27, Daniel Bard 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 6-5, Justin Masterson 3-2, Daniel Bard 1-2
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 22, Justin Masterson 12, Daniel Bard 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38092
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Chad Fairchild