Colorado at New York

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Santana K's eight, helps surging Mets four-hit Rockies in DH opener wire reports

NEW YORK -- Johan Santana was escorted to his locker Thursday by teammate Livan Hernandez, who playfully peered inside from the double doors at the back of the New York Mets' clubhouse before clearing the way for the ace left-hander.

It was some well-deserved protection for one valuable pitcher.

Santana threw seven sharp innings and streaking New York won its fifth straight game, beating the Colorado Rockies 7-0 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

"Every time you win a game it's good. But it's even better when you have a chance to just keep adding to it," Santana said. "That's what I was trying to do today and at the same time I was having fun. It's good to see that. It's good to see that everybody feels comfortable."

Santana (12-8) struck out eight and walked one in his first career outing against Colorado, allowing just four hits. The two-time Cy Young Award winner closed out July with a 3-2 record and a sparkling 1.82 ERA in five starts.

  Game 2: Rockies 4, Mets 2

Bobby Parnell and Tim Redding each pitched an inning to finish the four-hitter.

Angel Berroa had a two-run double in New York's five-run second -- its biggest inning since it scored five in the first at Washington on June 7. The Mets have scored five or more runs in just six of Santana's 21 starts this season.

"When you're dealing with a starter of Johan Santana's stature you can't afford to have an inning like we had in the second inning," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "You spot him a five-run lead and the hole is close to being impossible to climb out of."

  Mets: GM Minaya apologizes, reporter accepts

The Rockies have lost three straight for the first time since they dropped four in a row from May 31-June 3. They haven't scored since Clint Barmes' solo homer in the fifth inning of Monday night's 7-3 loss in the series opener.

Ian Stewart narrowly missed a grand slam with a long foul ball off Santana in the fourth, then struck out to end the inning.

Jason Hammel (5-6) lasted just 1 1/3 innings, putting a strain on Colorado's bullpen heading into the makeup of Wednesday night's rainout. The right-hander gave up five runs and seven hits in his shortest outing of the season.

Hammel allowed the first five batters to reach in the second. Former Rockies outfielder Cory Sullivan and Omir Santos both singled in a run and scored on Berroa's drive. Berroa moved to third when center fielder Dexter Fowler mishandled the ball and scored on Angel Pagan's single.

"I was throwing strikes, pounding the zone, but they were putting the bat on it and my putaway pitches weren't putaway pitches," Hammel said.

Hammel was 4-2 with a 2.08 ERA in eight road starts before the loss. Josh Fogg replaced him after Pagan's hit and pitched 3 2/3 solid innings.

David Wright added a sacrifice fly in the fifth and an RBI double in the seventh for New York, which posted its highest run total in a Santana start since they beat the Nationals 7-4 on June 27.

"Obviously, our ace did his job today," said Alex Cora, who had two of the Mets' 11 hits. "It's just about getting ahead and we're pretty confident right now offensively."


  • Mets general manager Omar Minaya has apologized to a beat reporter for questioning his motives and credibility during a bizarre news conference Monday. The writer accepted the apology, saying the GM's "remorse was sincere" when they met Wednesday.
  • The Mets recalled C Robinson Cancel from Triple-A Buffalo and designated RHP Elmer Dessens for assignment. Manager Jerry Manuel said C Brian Schneider is banged up and Santos would be behind the plate for both doubleheader games.
  • Mets 2B Luis Castillo's wife gave birth to a baby girl, and Manuel said he expected him to play in the second game.
  • Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki went 1 for 3 and is 9 for 14 (.643) in his last five games.
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Facing the Rockies for the first time, Johan Santana fans eight and allows four hits over seven innings. (AP)
Facing the Rockies for the first time, Johan Santana fans eight and allows four hits over seven innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Berroa
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
New York

J. Santana
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 8

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Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF4010032 .253
Ryan Spilborghs, LF4000001 .246
Todd Helton, 1B4010001 .323
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
Brad Hawpe, RF3000001 .316
    Juan Rincon, P0000000 .000
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B1000010 .176
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3010110 .264
Garrett Atkins, 3B-1B3000110 .221
Ian Stewart, 2B-3B4000024 .226
Chris Iannetta, C3000020 .225
Jason Hammel, P0000000 .111
    Josh Fogg, P2010000 .167
    Carlos Gonzalez, RF0000100 .225
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (15, Santana)
Team LOB - 7
E - Dexter Fowler (3, Missed catch of throw)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel (L,5-6) 1.1755010 4.66
Josh Fogg 3.2111010 2.16
Juan Rincon 2311120 6.20
Matt Daley 1000010 3.45
IBB - Berroa by Juan Rincon
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 39-26, Josh Fogg 35-25, Juan Rincon 38-22, Matt Daley 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 1-1, Josh Fogg 3-7, Juan Rincon 4-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 10, Josh Fogg 12, Juan Rincon 10, Matt Daley 3
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4121010 .303
Alex Cora, 2B4120001 .247
David Wright, 3B3012001 .323
Daniel Murphy, 1B4110001 .248
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110001 .262
Cory Sullivan, LF4121010 .227
Omir Santos, C4111011 .264
Angel Berroa, SS3112100 .139
Johan Santana, P3000023 .094
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Tim Redding, P0000000 .077
2B - David Wright (28, Rincon), Daniel Murphy (17, Hammel), Angel Berroa (2, Hammel)
3B - Angel Pagan (5, Fogg), Cory Sullivan (1, Rincon)
SF - David Wright (3)
RBI - Angel Pagan (7), David Wright 2 (50), Cory Sullivan (3), Omir Santos (28), Angel Berroa 2 (3)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Murphy-Berroa-Redding
E - Alex Cora (6, Missed catch of throw)
New York Mets
Johan Santana (W,12-8) 7400180 2.96
Bobby Parnell 1000110 3.96
Tim Redding 1000110 7.03
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 104-73, Bobby Parnell 19-12, Tim Redding 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 5-8, Bobby Parnell 1-1, Tim Redding 2-0
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 26, Bobby Parnell 4, Tim Redding 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40024
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Larry Vanover