the-green-monster--fenway-park.jpg The 490th consecutive sellout crowd at Fenway Park witnessed the visiting Mets defeat the Red Sox by a score of 5-3.  The victory snapped a 4 game losing streak for the Mets.Tonight Johan Santana responded to adversity by striking people out.  In the first inning, with 2 runnersLET-K.jpg on and none out, Santana proceeded to strike out David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis before inducing a Jason Bay grounder to end the inning.  In the second inning, after a Jason Varitek solo home run, Santana struck out Julio Lugo to end that inning.  After a one out double by Dustin Pedroia in the third inning, Santana 'struck' again, getting David Ortiz looking before Kevin Youkilis swung and missed to end the frame.  After hitting Youkilis with a pitch with two outs in the fifth, Santana struck out Jason Bay to end that inning.  Trouble?  Meet strike out.MurphyJU.jpgDaniel Murphy checked the lineup card and found that he was leading off for the first time in his major league career.  He responded by striking out swinging at a pitch which, had he not swung and instead stood on the plate, would have hit him in the ear.  He did later successfully execute a sacrifice bunt so the night was not a total loss.The Mets made 3 errors in the game, 2 by new fan favorite SS Ramon Martinez, and 1 by 3B David Wright.E.jpg As a team the Mets have made 35 errors this season, with an astounding 11 of those committed in games started by Johan Santana.  Martinez now has 4 errors in 4 games played for the Mets this season.gary_sheffield_autograph.jpgGary Sheffield homered in the second inning.  It was his 3rd of the season, and the 502nd of his career.  Later in the game Jason Varitek also homered, his 8th of the season and the 169th of his career.  Good luck catching him Jason.David Wright's RBI single in the 4th inning gave him a 13 game hitting streak.  I think he looks better in a baseball cap, but that's just me.david-wright.jpgimg-Watkins_Johan_Santana_liniment.jpgJohan Santana hit Kevin Youkilis on the elbow in the 5th inning.  Words were exchanged between them, but cooler heads prevailed and the dugouts never emptied.  Perhaps Johan will send Youkilis a bottle of Watkins liniment, the official liniment of Johan Santana.I just wanted to throw this picture in.  Tomorrow night at 7:10 pm on SNY, the series continues with Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 4.61) versus Joshpryor_l.jpg Beckett (4-2, 5.85).  Tonight's box score courtesy Yahoo.com.
NY Mets
ABRHRBIBBKLOBSeason Avg
D. Murphy 1b3000110.256
R. Church rf2000010.272
A. Pagan rf1011001.400
C. Beltran dh4110001.367
G. Sheffield lf3211112.257
D. Wright 3b3011100.362
J. Reed cf4110002.324
O. Santos c4011022.254
R. Martinez ss4011011.062
L. Castillo 2b4110012.278
Totals325853711
Batting
2B - C Beltran (14, D Matsuzaka).
HR - G Sheffield (3, 2nd inning off D Matsuzaka 0 on, 0 Out).
S - A Pagan , D Murphy.
RBI - G Sheffield (9), D Wright (29), O Santos (13), R Martinez (2), A Pagan (1).
2-out RBI - O Santos, R Martinez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - G Sheffield 1, L Castillo 1.
GIDP - A Pagan.
Team LOB - 5.
Base Running
SB - A Pagan (2, 2nd base off J Masterson/J Varitek).
CS - J Reed (1, 2nd base by J Masterson/J Varitek).
Fielding
E - D Wright (7, ground ball); R Martinez 2 (4, ground ball, throw).
DP - 1 (L Castillo-R Martinez-D Murphy).
Boston
ABRHRBIBBKLOBSeason Avg
J. Ellsbury cf5010003.299
D. Pedroia 2b4020000.323
D. Ortiz dh4000034.205
K. Youkilis 1b3000033.390
J. Bay lf3000113.295
J.D. Drew rf4110011.258
M. Lowell 3b4110001.288
J. Varitek c4112000.237
J. Lugo ss4000013.274
Totals353621918
Batting
2B - D Pedroia (14, J Santana); M Lowell (14, J Santana).
HR - J Varitek (8, 2nd inning off J Santana 0 on, 2 Out).
RBI - J Varitek 2 (20).
2-out RBI - J Varitek.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - K Youkilis 1, J Bay 1, J Ellsbury 3.
GIDP - D Ortiz.
Team LOB - 7.
Fielding
E - D Pedroia (2, ground ball).
DP - 1 (D Matsuzaka-K Youkilis-M Lowell).
NY Mets
IPHRERBBKHRSeason ERA
J. Santana (W, 6-2)7.06321811.50
B. Parnell (H, 8)1.00000101.86
F. Rodriguez (S, 12)1.00000000.87
Boston
IPHRERBBKHRSeason ERA
D. Matsuzaka (L, 0-2)5.054424110.32
J. Masterson3.03111304.47
D. Bard1.00000001.80
HBP - K Youkilis (by J Santana).
Pitches-strikes - J Santana 118-79; R Parnell 11-7; F Rodriguez 12-7; D Matsuzaka 80-50; J Masterson 42-28; D Bard 11-6.
Ground balls-fly balls - J Santana 8-6; R Parnell 1-1; F Rodriguez 0-3; D Matsuzaka 6-5; J Masterson 3-2; D Bard 1-2.
Batters faced - J Santana 31; R Parnell 3; F Rodriguez 3; D Matsuzaka 22; J Masterson 12; D Bard 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP--Paul Nauert. 1B--Joe West. 2B--Ed Rapuano. 3B--Chad Fairchild.Time: 2:50.Attendance: 38,092.Weather: 84 degrees, cloudy.Wind: 10 mph, left to right.