Apr 24, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana throws a pitch during the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
Johan Santana was absolutely brilliant in his fourth start of the season. He struck out eleven - eleven! - in 6.2 innings and only walked two. He was, however, charged with a run with two outs in the seventh. Giancarlo Stanton had singled, and he scored on some awful defense as Gaby Sanchez doubled.
Josh Johnson was dominant, too, but Miami turned into the MarLOLins with two outs and nobody on in the seventh. Johnson and three consecutive relief pitchers walked a batter a piece, handing the Mets their first run. Unfortunately Zach Lutz struck out with the bases juiced to end the inning.
Ramon Ramirez and Jon Rauch were effective in relief, and the Mets finally took the lead on a Lucas Duda single with two outs in the eighth. Frank Francisco closed out the game and win the series opener. For what it's worth, Jose Reyes went 0-for-4 in his first game against his former team.