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NEW YORK -- Twenty months and a major shoulder surgery later, Johan Santana is a winner again.
"It's always good to get that first one out of the way," Santana said.
Santana (1-2) allowed nine hits but gave up only three runs, striking out five and walking one in his longest outing since the surgery.
"I wouldn't say he had his most outstanding stuff, but he battles as good as anybody," said Nickeas, his catcher. "Later in the game he actually got better."
Daniel Murphy went 4 for 4 for the second four-hit game of his career and the Mets' bullpen bounced back with two scoreless innings after blowing a late lead Friday night.
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"We had a lot of pressure on them all day -- just couldn't get the hit," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.
The Mets had scored just four runs in Santana's first five starts this year but matched that total in the fourth inning Saturday.
Down 1-0, New York loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Nickeas singled in two runs, chasing rookie Patrick Corbin (1-1), who won his debut Monday at Miami. The 22-year-old lefty allowed four runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 3 1-3 innings.
Santana bunted the runners over to second and third against Josh Collmenter, and Torres' two-out single gave New York a 4-1 lead.
In his previous start Sunday, Santana left with a 4-0 cushion at Colorado before New York's bullpen squandered it.
"I know it's been a long time for Johan. He's been throwing the ball really well -- probably should have had a couple of wins already by now," Nickeas said. "I'm happy to be a part of the offense that got him the first W of the year. Hopefully many more to come."
Santana nearly let the lead slip away himself this time. He opened the fifth by allowing a single to A.J. Pollock. With runners on first and second and two outs, Paul Goldschmidt, who had struck out in his first two at-bats, hit a two-run double to pull Arizona to 4-3. Ryan Roberts, who homered earlier, flied out to end the rally.
"I stayed with it and I was able to get the out when I needed it," Santana said.
Roberts' solo homer in the second broke him out of a 3-for-35 slump. The third baseman didn't start Friday and was retired as a pinch hitter. Cody Ransom had a home run and three RBIs in his place, but Roberts was back in the lineup Saturday and he responded with two hits and a walk.
"You come in and put your work in and just try to keep everything in control and in perspective," Roberts said. "That's it. Everything else you can't really control."
With the Diamondbacks trailing by a run, Bobby Parnell struck out pinch-hitter Miguel Montero looking in the eighth. In the ninth, Francisco retired Aaron Hill on a shallow fly and then struck out Upton swinging for his sixth save in seven chances.
"We did what we're supposed to do and stopped their offense right there," Francisco said.
Corbin is from Clay, N.Y., a suburb of Syracuse, about 4½ hours from Citi Field. He left 50 or so tickets for family and friends but they didn't get to see him for long.
|The Mets' Johan Santana allows three runs in seven innings to earn his first win since he beat the Braves on Sept. 2, 2010. (AP)|
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|A.J. Pollock, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.138|
|a- Lyle Overbay, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.324|
|Willie Bloomquist, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.242|
|Justin Upton, RF||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.241|
|Jason Kubel, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.293|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||4||0||1||2||0||2||0||.244|
|Ryan Roberts, 3B||3||1||2||1||1||0||1||.184|
|John McDonald, SS||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.371|
|Henry Blanco, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.158|
|b- Miguel Montero, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.279|
|Patrick Corbin, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.333|
|Josh Collmenter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Breslow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Gerardo Parra, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.253|
|a-walked for Pollock in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Blanco in the 8th|
|c-lined out for Breslow in the 9th|
|2B - Paul Goldschmidt (6, Santana), John McDonald (4, Santana)|
|HR - Ryan Roberts (2, Santana)|
|SH - Josh Collmenter (2)|
|RBI - Paul Goldschmidt 2 (13), Ryan Roberts (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Paul Goldschmidt 2 (8), Ryan Roberts (6)|
|SB - Willie Bloomquist (3, 2nd base off Francisco/Nickeas)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Patrick Corbin (L,1-1)||3.1||5||4||4||2||2||0||7.00|
|IBB - Torres by Josh Collmenter|
|Pitches-Strikes - Patrick Corbin 83-46, Josh Collmenter 43-26, Craig Breslow 18-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Patrick Corbin 4-4, Josh Collmenter 3-3, Craig Breslow 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Patrick Corbin 17, Josh Collmenter 13, Craig Breslow 6|
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|Andres Torres, CF||3||0||1||2||1||0||1||.333|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.291|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.376|
|Scott Hairston, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.237|
|a- Mike Baxter, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.318|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||4||1||4||0||0||0||0||.315|
|Justin Turner, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.233|
|Ike Davis, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.172|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RF||2||1||1||0||2||1||0||.311|
|Mike Nickeas, C||4||1||1||2||0||1||3||.200|
|Johan Santana, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Vinny Rottino, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Frank Francisco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Hairston in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Parnell in the 8th|
|SH - Johan Santana 2 (2)|
|RBI - Andres Torres 2 (6), Mike Nickeas 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres 2 (5)|
|SB - Andres Torres (1, 2nd base off Corbin/Blanco)|
|Team LOB - 8|
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|Johan Santana (W,1-2)||7||9||3||3||1||5||1||2.61|
|Bobby Parnell (H,5)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.84|
|Frank Francisco (S,6)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||6.35|
|Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 108-74, Bobby Parnell 15-11, Frank Francisco 19-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 2-14, Bobby Parnell 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Johan Santana 31, Bobby Parnell 4, Frank Francisco 4|
|Attendance - 30253|
|Game Time - 3:12|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Dan Bellino|