Johan Santana was not sharp, but the Mets offense came through as they beat the Indians 7-6. Santana allowed four earned runs in seven innings but was pulled with only about 100 pitches thrown.
Santana got just his fifth win of the season. He struck out one batter. Usually, he gets a no-decision because the Mets don’t score enough runs when he starts. That was not the problem tonight as the Mets had seven in-field hits including two by David Wright.
Wright continued his hot hitting as he was 3-for-4, with three RBI, putting his total at 50 so far for the season. Ike Davis hit his eighth home run and drove in two to put the Mets ahead as part of a five-run inning in the fifth. Jeff Francoeur and Alex Cora each had two hits.
The Indians didn’t help themselves out very much as they committed three errors, but it led to only one unearned run. Indians starter Justin Masterson was anything but masterful as he allowed seven runs, six earned.
With the Mets up 7-4 in the ninth inning, Francisco Rodriguez came into the game to close it. It was another scary save opportunity as he allowed a hit, then a two-run homer to allow the Indians to pull within one run. He was able to get the final out, however, it would be nice if he could do it with less drama.
The Mets continue to beat up on bad teams, pushing them eight games over .500 for the season, the first time that’s happened since the end of the 2008 season.