Johan Santana took the hill tonight to keep the ball rolling and try to build on the one game winning streak. He drew Nelson “I’m under appreciated” Figueroa as his opponent, and after the first inning, it seemed like it might be an easy win. But let’s remember, there are no easy games for the Mets at this point.
In the top of the first, Jose Reyesgreeted Figgy with an infield hit and after advancing on a passed ball, would score on a F-Mart base hit. Now I would think that that would be enough until the bottom of the first when Santana couldn’t settle down and gave up two base hits and a bomb to Hunter Pence, staking Figgy to a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the second, it would have to be Santana’s double, which would be the last hit Figgy would give up in his 5 innings of work, with Josh Thole on base that would allow Reyes to send him home on a fielders choice. Thus cutting the lead by one. The bottom of the third saw Beltran gun out Michael Bourne who tried to stretch a in-the-gap-single into a double.
Figgy would set down the next nine Mets in a row before Reyes would draw a walk in the top of the 5th. But even after Reyes stole second, Wright failed to drive him in. Figgy was done after 5 innings and left the lead. The Astro’s Jeff Fulchino would come out of the Bullpen a pitch a scoreless 6th and 7th inning.
David Wright broke out of his o for August RBI slump, hitting a homerun in the 8th to tie the game but Hunter Pence would ruin Santana’s bid for a win when he would golf his second home run of the night and put the Astros in the lead for good. Santana pitched a complete game striking out 7 for the loss.
Tomorrow R.A. Dickey will draw Brett “I hate the Mets” Myers for the third game of the four game series.