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Mets ride Santana's arm, awakened bats past Braves

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ATLANTA -- Second-half success is nothing new for Johan Santana.

Beating the Atlanta Braves? Now that was a career first for the left-hander.

Santana threw seven scoreless innings to take some pressure off New York's struggling offense and the Mets beat the Braves 5-1 on Saturday.

Santana earned his first career victory against the Braves, improving to 1-4 despite his 1.96 ERA in seven career starts against Atlanta.

"It's always good to get the first one out of the way," Santana said.

The Mets had lost 8 of 11, including the first two games of the four-game series to the Braves by a combined margin of 16-3.

"We needed that one really bad," Santana said.

"We still have a long way to go. We need to get on a roll."

The Mets began the day 8 games back of NL East-leading Philadelphia, their largest deficit since they were nine games out after play on Sept. 29, 2005, according to STATS LLC.

The Mets scored two runs in the sixth to snap a streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings. Kenshin Kawakami's bases-loaded walk to Jeremy Reed forced in the first run.

It's only the seventh time in the last 23 games that the Mets have scored more than four runs.

"We did some things right on offense," said Mets manager Jerry Manuel.

Chipper Jones hit his 10th homer in the eighth off Pedro Feliciano.

The Mets led only 2-1 before scoring three runs in the ninth off Manny Acosta. Angel Pagan had three hits, including a run-scoring triple in the ninth.

Mets left fielder Gary Sheffield, who left Friday night's game with cramping in his right hamstring, did not play. He said he may return as early as Sunday.

For his second straight start, Santana (11-7) gave up only five hits in seven scoreless innings.

Kawakami (5-7) gave up five hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Santana was sharp in his first start since the All-Star break, continuing his career trend. He improved to 59-17 in his career after the break. His .776 winning second-half percentage is the best all-time for pitchers with at least 75 decisions.

He was 8-0 with a 2.17 ERA in 15 second-half starts in 2008.

"When you face a guy like Santana you've got to do everything that you can to get one run or to hold them," said Braves manager Bobby Cox. "He was that good today. Today goes to Santana."

Santana gave up a first-inning double to Martin Prado and a second-inning single to Casey Kotchman and then didn't give up another hit until the Braves loaded the bases with one out in the seventh with singles by Matt Diaz, Church and pinch-hitter Garret Anderson.

Santana struck out Nate McLouth, who is in an 0-for-15 slump, and ended the threat on Prado's groundout to third base.

"I didn't lose my composure," Santana said. "I was able to throw the right pitches."

Santana has thrown 15 straight scoreless innings, lowering his ERA (2.92) under 3.00 for the first time since he gave up nine runs to the Yankees on June 14.

The Braves issued intentional walks to David Wright in the first, sixth and ninth innings, each time putting runners on first and second for former Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

"That was interesting," Manuel said. "We don't know Jeff as well as Bobby does. We still have to try to figure him out."

In the first, Francoeur grounded out to shortstop Yunel Escobar to end the inning, but the strategy backfired on the Braves in the sixth and ninth innings.

In the sixth, Francoeur's infield single loaded the bases with one out. Kawakami walked Reed to force in Luis Castillo, who led off the inning with a single. Omir Santos drove in Wright with a grounder that forced out Reed at second base, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead.

The Mets scored their first two runs in the ninth on Pagan's run-scoring triple and Castillo's suicide squeeze bunt. Acosta walked Daniel Murphy, who stole second, setting up the third intentional walk of the game to Wright. Francoeur's single up the middle drove in Murphy.

The sixth-inning runs were the first for the Mets since the fourth inning of Thursday night's series opener. They had a streak of 23 straight scoreless innings end on July 8.

Notes

  • Attendance was 51,175, a season high at Turner Field for the second straight day.
  • RHP Tim Hudson is scheduled to throw two innings for Class A Myrtle Beach on Sunday in his first injury rehabilitation appearance since his elbow ligament-replacement surgery last year.
 
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Johan Santana throws seven shutout innings against Atlanta and moves his scoreless streak to 15.  (AP)
Johan Santana throws seven shutout innings against Atlanta and moves his scoreless streak to 15. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Santana
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
New York

A. Pagan
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4131001 .313
Luis Castillo, 2B3111012 .286
Daniel Murphy, 1B4100123 .242
David Wright, 3B2110310 .324
Jeff Francoeur, RF5021013 .252
Jeremy Reed, LF4001103 .271
Omir Santos, C4001001 .258
Alex Cora, SS4120002 .244
Johan Santana, P1000100 .107
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Patrick Misch, P0000000 .000
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
   a- Angel Berroa, PH0000000 .125
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals3159565  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Stokes in the 9th
Batting
3B - Angel Pagan (2, Acosta)
SH - Angel Pagan (3), Luis Castillo 2 (8), Johan Santana (9), Angel Berroa (2)
RBI - Angel Pagan (4), Luis Castillo (19), Jeff Francoeur (39), Jeremy Reed (6), Omir Santos (25)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Francoeur (20)
SB - Daniel Murphy (2, 2nd base off Acosta/Ross), David Wright (21, 2nd base off Moylan/McCann)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Alex Cora (4, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Johan Santana (W,11-7) 7500250 2.92
Pedro Feliciano0211001 3.00
Sean Green (H,10) 0.2000100 5.31
Patrick Misch0100100 3.68
Brian Stokes (H,3) 0.1000010 3.86
Francisco Rodriguez 1000020 1.85
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 115-75, Pedro Feliciano 10-6, Sean Green 9-5, Patrick Misch 11-4, Brian Stokes 6-3, Francisco Rodriguez 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 10-7
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 29, Pedro Feliciano 2, Sean Green 2, Patrick Misch 2, Brian Stokes 1, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF5000015 .257
Martin Prado, 2B-1B5010023 .327
Chipper Jones, 3B5111011 .292
Brian McCann, C4010001 .304
    Diory Hernandez, PR-2B0000000 .149
Yunel Escobar, SS3000111 .297
Matt Diaz, LF3010101 .301
Casey Kotchman, 1B4020012 .283
    David Ross, PR-C0000000 .278
Ryan Church, RF2010201 .275
Kenshin Kawakami, P2000012 .111
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   a- Garret Anderson, PH1010000 .282
    Brooks Conrad, PR0000000 .344
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Norton, PH1000013 .114
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
Totals3518148  
a-singled for O'Flaherty in the 7th
b-struck out for Moylan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (21, Santana)
HR - Chipper Jones (10, Feliciano)
RBI - Chipper Jones (43)
CS - Diory Hernandez (1, 2nd base by Green/Santos)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Nate McLouth (1, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Kenshin Kawakami (L,5-7) 6.2522430 4.15
Eric O'Flaherty 0.1000010 3.31
Peter Moylan 1100010 4.38
Manny Acosta 0.2333200 4.35
Boone Logan 0.1000000 2.16
IBB - Wright by Kenshin Kawakami, by Wright, Wright by Manny Acosta
Pitches-Strikes - Kenshin Kawakami 100-56, Eric O'Flaherty 8-5, Peter Moylan 14-9, Manny Acosta 31-17, Boone Logan 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenshin Kawakami 15-2, Peter Moylan 2-0, Manny Acosta 2-0, Boone Logan 1-0
Batters Faced - Kenshin Kawakami 29, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Peter Moylan 4, Manny Acosta 7, Boone Logan 1
Game Information
Attendance - 51175
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Randy Marsh