This is why the Mets got Johan Santana, to stop losing streaks and to pull the team up after a stinker.
Santana pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and Ryan Church’s heads-up play and throw to nail a runner at third kept the game tied.
The Mets have now won 15 of their last 17 games here.
IN A NUTSHELL, Mets 5, Arizona 2.
Santana shows his mettle and Church’s hustle pays off.
IN THE CLUBHOUSE
Willie Randolph on winning two of three and moving on to LA: “(Arizona) is a very good team and the Dodgers are playing very well. You like to test yourself against the best competition around.’’
Johan Santana on pitching out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth: “You don’t want to get too up. You want to stay focused. You have to be aggressive, but you don’t want to do anything different.’’
Ryan Church on being in position in the first place to make the throw to get Chris Burke at third in the eighth inning: “You have to keep running all the time. You never know.’’
3rd INNING: Santana winning the pitcher’s duel. Mets 1, Arizona 0.
5th INNING: David Wright goes deep and Santana is still cruising for the Mets. Mets 2, Arizona 1.
6th INNING: Santana goes six. I would have liked more, but in comparison to what the Mets had been getting, be grateful.
8th INNING: Church makes a great play to keep the game tied.
9th INNING: The Mets take advantage of an error to score three in the ninth. Mets 5, Arizona 2.
Before you call it a night, tell us what you thought of the game and the Mets taking two of three from Arizona. Talk with you tomorrow from LA.