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Duke outduels Santana as Pirates take down Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Zach Duke said he was looking forward to facing Johan Santana.

He really enjoyed the result.

Duke pitched seven effective innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Santana and the New York Mets 3-1 on Tuesday night.

"You always want to see how you match up against the best," Duke said. "Johan's numbers don't lie; he's a great pitcher. We just capitalized when we had the opportunities tonight."

Duke (6-4) allowed one run and eight hits to lower his ERA to 2.62. He has allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his 11 starts.

Santana (7-3) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings for New York, which has lost three of four. The Mets have scored two runs or less in five of Santana's 11 starts.

"When you're facing probably the best pitcher in the game right now, you've got to continue to battle and take advantage of any opportunities you get," Pirates manager John Russell said. "He left a few pitches up late, and we took advantage of it, but you know you're not going to score many runs if he's on. He was throwing the ball pretty well, and he had one hiccup one inning and we were fortunate enough to take advantage of it."

Jason Jaramillo hit his first major league homer for the Pirates, who have won three of four. Freddy Sanchez and Nate McLouth each had two hits.

New York again was without All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, who is dealing with a stomach virus and stayed at the team hotel.

John Grabow followed Duke with a perfect eighth and Matt Capps retired the Mets in order in the ninth for his 12th save and third in the past four days.

Santana retired the first 10 batters of the game but the Pirates seemed to solve him after that, with eight of the next 12 batters reaching against him.

"He got a couple pitches up, but we should have enough to overcome that," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "We weren't able to do that."

Jaramillo hit a one-out drive to left to tie it at 1 in the fifth, and Pittsburgh pushed across two more in the sixth. McLouth doubled in Sanchez and scored on Adam LaRoche's double to make it 3-1.

"They took advantage of those hits, that's pretty much it," Santana said.

McLouth also threw out Jeremy Reed trying to score on Luis Castillo's single in the third.

Reed tied a career high with three hits and Castillo had a sacrifice fly for New York.

"'I have to keep it within striking distance,' that was my main focus," Duke said. "When I got into those tight spots early on, maybe I'll give up one, but make sure it's only one."

"I'm pretty sure [Duke] had a really good time tonight," Russell said, "to go out there to pitch against Santana, pitch against the Mets and win at home."

Notes

  • The crowd was announced at 10,459 but the actual attendance was much less than that on a night when the NHL Penguins were hosting Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals across town.
  • Pirates OF Nyjer Morgan was ejected by first base umpire Tim McClelland after slamming his helmet to the ground after being called out on a double-play comebacker to Santana in the fifth. It was the second time in the game the speedy Morgan was called out on a close play at first, and that was the first time in his career he grounded into a double play.
  • New York INF Ramon Martinez left in the fifth with a dislocated left pinky finger. He was replaced at shortstop by Wilson Valdez. Manuel indicated Martinez would be placed on the disabled list Wednesday.
 
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Pirates catcher Jason Jaramillo hits his first major league home run at Johan Santana's expense.  (AP)
Pirates catcher Jason Jaramillo hits his first major league home run at Johan Santana's expense. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

N. McLouth
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

Z. Duke
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 1
BB 1
K 0
 
New York Mets
Luis Castillo, 2B3011003 .285
Fernando Martinez, LF4000002 .174
David Wright, 3B4000000 .321
Gary Sheffield, RF4010000 .282
Fernando Tatis, 1B3010100 .269
Omir Santos, C4000002 .262
Ramon Martinez, SS2110001 .167
    Wilson Valdez, SS2000000 .308
Jeremy Reed, CF3030000 .328
Johan Santana, P0000000 .067
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH1010000 .248
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Ken Takahashi, P0000000 .000
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
Totals3018110  
a-singled for Santana in the 7th
Batting
SF - Luis Castillo (3)
SH - Johan Santana 2 (7)
RBI - Luis Castillo (12)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Santana-Valdez-Tatis, Santana-Valdez-Tatis
E - Johan Santana (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Johan Santana (L,7-3) 6733131 2.00
Sean Green 1.1000000 6.53
Ken Takahashi 0.1100000 2.84
Brian Stokes 0.1000000 2.61
WP - Johan Santana (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 83-61, Sean Green 12-9, Ken Takahashi 5-3, Brian Stokes 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 9-5, Sean Green 4-0, Ken Takahashi 1-0
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 25, Sean Green 4, Ken Takahashi 2, Brian Stokes 1
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, LF3000001 .275
    Craig Monroe, LF1000000 .232
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4120000 .328
Nate McLouth, CF4121001 .256
Adam LaRoche, 1B3011111 .243
Andy LaRoche, 3B4000014 .297
Brandon Moss, RF3010000 .264
Jason Jaramillo, C3111001 .272
Jack Wilson, SS3010000 .264
Zach Duke, P1000010 .238
   a- Ramon Vazquez, PH1000000 .229
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals3038313  
a-grounded out for Duke in the 7th
Batting
2B - Freddy Sanchez (19, Santana), Nate McLouth (7, Santana), Adam LaRoche (17, Santana)
3B - Nate McLouth (1, Takahashi)
HR - Jason Jaramillo (1, Santana)
SH - Zach Duke (6)
RBI - Nate McLouth (34), Adam LaRoche (23), Jason Jaramillo (8)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate McLouth 1
DP - Duke-J. Wilson-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke (W,6-4) 7811100 2.62
John Grabow (H,8) 1000000 4.30
Matt Capps (S,12) 1000000 5.60
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 90-61, John Grabow 5-5, Matt Capps 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 12-7, John Grabow 2-1, Matt Capps 2-1
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 28, John Grabow 3, Matt Capps 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10459
Game Time - 2:11
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Scott Barry