Santana makes closer unnecessary, blanks Rockies

Posted: 12/08/2010 in MLB

Santana sharp again as Mets blank Rockies

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana

Johan Santana threw his second complete-game shutout  of the season and Carlos Beltran had three hits and run batted in, as the  New  York Mets earned a  4-0 win over  the Colorado Rockies in the rubber match of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Jose Reyes went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases for the Mets, who had dropped six of nine entering the series finale.

Santana  (10-6), who  was coming  off a  stellar outing  on Saturday  when the lefty  limited Philadelphia  to just  five  hits and  three walks  over 7  1/3 scoreless  innings in  a 1-0 win, gave  up only four hits and two walks, while fanning  10. He threw  115 pitches, 79 for strikes and has now won five of his last six decisions. Santana also had a single and run scored.

Troy  Tulowitzki had two  of the four hits for Colorado, which finished 3-4 on its seven-game road trip.

Jason  Hammel  (8-7) was tagged with  the loss for surrendering eight hits and four  runs  in  seven  innings.  The right-hander,  who  snapped  a  four-game winless  drought  (0-3) with a victory  over the Pirates on Friday, struck out four and walked one.

After  Santana struck out  the side in the top of the first, the Mets put up a pair  in the  home portion.  Reyes led  off with  a single,  stole second  and crossed  the plate  two batters  later on  Angel Pagan’s  base hit.  Ike Davis followed with a ground-rule double to right and Beltran chased in another with a sacrifice fly.

Colorado  stranded  runners on  the corners  with two outs  in the second when Clint Barmes popped out and the Mets had a threat turned aside in the fourth.

Both starting pitchers settled in to limit the offensive chances over the next couple innings and New York tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh.

Ruben  Tejada got the rally started with a one-out walk and went to third on a single  by Santana.  Reyes stepped in and laced a run-scoring single to center with Santana taking third. Fernando Martinez then scored the Mets pitcher with a deep sac fly for a 4-0 game.

New  York stranded  a pair of runners  in the eighth and Santana stayed on for the  ninth  and allowed a  one-out single to Tulowitzki,  but on the very next pitch got Melvin Mora to bounce into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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