Mets 3, Reds 0

Posted: July 7, 2010 in Mets

It was all about Johan Santana tonight.
The Mets’ ace, who has struggled through a turbulent first half, seems ready to make one of his patented second-half runs, following a great start last Friday night against the Nats with a phenomenal one tonight against the NL Central-leading Reds.
Santana was masterful, tossing a three-hit shutout in the Mets’ 3-0 win. He also accounted for the first run of the game with his first career homer, a shot off the right-field foul pole after a tough 11-pitch at bat against Reds starter Matt Maloney.
With Johan at 103 pitches through eight innings, I thought Jerry Manuel might go to K-Rod for the ninth, but this one was Johan’s all the way. With one out, he surrendered a single and another runner reached on a dropped fly-ball error by Jason Bay, bringing Manuel out from the dugout to a chorus of boos. Johan basically gave Jerry the look of death and told him it was his game to finish, and to Jerry’s credit, the manager obliged. Johan got the next two outs (with a little help from a nice play by Ike Davis at first) and the Mets evened the series at a game apiece.
The Mets (47-37) remain two games behind the Braves, who beat the Phillies in extras tonight. New York sends Jon Niese to the hill Wednesday against Bronson Arroyo.

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