It was as if it was an American League game as the Mets and Phillies combined for a Citi Field record seven home runs on a night that wasn’t particularly warm. The Mets edged the Phillies after Francisco Rodriguez got his 16th save of the season.
Starter Johan Santana didn’t have his best stuff tonight despite pitching into the eighth inning. He allowed home runs to Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez. He allowed the most runs in one game so far this year but still got his eighth win.
The Mets were no slouches at the plate either as David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church each homered. Church’s home run, which landed in the apple in center field, was the difference in the game. Santana helped himself out when in the sixth inning he was up to bunt. After he got behind in the count due to two botched bunt attempts, he had an RBI double on a butcher boy style hit. It was his first run batted in of the season.
Luis Castillo, who batted in the leadoff spot, was the only Met not to get a hit. Gary Sheffield just missed another home run, hitting the ball off the outfield wall. But he was thrown out at second. Alex Cora and Wright were the only two batters who had two hits.
The Mets needed every ounce of offense they generated tonight. Mike Pelfrey takes the mound Wednesday and needs to be at his best for the Mets to have a chance at a series victory and get within one game of the Phillies.