Santana bounces back, Jose goes hit-less, Mets defeat Marlins

The New York Mets got back in the win column tonight with a victory over the Miami Marlins:

BOUNCE BACK START: Johan Santana started for the Mets and bounced back to pitch 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out a season high 11 batters, although he was rewarded with a no-decision:

After tossing six shut-out innings, Santana took the hill to start the seventh. Santana retired the first two batters he faced before allowing a single to Giancarlo Stanton, followed by an RBI double by Gaby Sanchez to give Miami a 1-0 lead.

I felt really good.  Everything was working.  It’s good to see, I was waiting for this start badly. I was able to go deep into the game and command all my pitches.  It felt good.”

SHUTTING THE DOOR: After allowing six runs over his last three appearances, as well as being pulled in a save situation in his last appearance, Frank Francisco closed the door on the Marlins on Tuesday afternoon.  Francisco tossed a scoreless ninth inning to record his fourth save of the season preserving a Mets victory in the process:

“[Terry Collins] told me I was the man,” Francisco told Kevin Burkhardt. “That means a lot to me, because I got to go out there and do my thing.”

MERRY-GO-ROUND: With two-outs and a runner on in the bottom of the seventh, Terry Collins opted to pitch hit Justin Turner for Ike Davis when Ozzie Guillen turned to left hander, Randy Choate.  Choate proceeded to walk Turner before Guillen turned to Steve Cishek who walked pinch hitter Scott Hairston on four pitches to load the bases. Josh Thole followed with a walk of his own plating the game tying run without the courtesy of a hit.

The Mets took the lead in the next inning when Lucas Duda drilled a line drive off the hand of Marlins pitcher Edward Mujica to score Nieuwenhuis with the go-ahead run.

HOMECOMING: Making his return to Citi Field for the first time since signing an off-season contract with the Marlins, Jose Reyes was greeted with a video tribute, a mixed fan reaction, and an even better 0-fer.  Reyes was hitless in four at-bats, though he was robbed of a potential extra base hit by Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the first.

LETS MAKE IT TWO-IN-A-ROW: R.A. Dickey will oppose Mark Buehrle tomorrow night at 7:10 pm in Citi Field.







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