The New York Mets decided to stop monkeying around with the San Diego Padres. They reminded themselves that they had their ace on the mound, and that despite having eleventy-million people on the disabled list, they should still take at least 1 of 4 from the lowly Padres, so they did just that behind 8 strong innings from Johan Santana (13-8), beating the Padres 5-1.The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Anderson Hernandez singled to drive in Jeff Francoeur. In the 6th Santana helped his own cause. With 2 outs he singled to drive in Francoeur, then Omir Santos and Santana both scored on a fielding error by Padre second baseman Oscar Salazar giving the Mets a 4-0 lead after 5 1/2 innings.The Padres got their only run in the bottom of the 6th when Hedy Lamarr Hedley Lamarr Chase Headley singled to drive in alliteration king Kevin Kouzmanoff. The Mets tacked an add-on run to the board in the top of the 9th when Daniel Murphy drove in Angel Pagan with a single, freeing closer Francisco Rodriguez from the opportunity to blow his 3rd consecutive save.Please visit yahoo.com for the box score.