Mets off to solid start vs. crosstown rivals

In the first game of an abbreviated series that included a rain-out on Friday Night, the Mets stormed into Yankee Stadium and took game one, 7-4, as their ace continued his dominance of the Yankees and pitched 7 and 2/3 innings.

Johan Santana’s main problem, giving up home runs, continued to bite him. He gave up four runs on three homers, but in the end, a win is a win.

Santana (5-2) would have failed at getting his fifth win of the year if it hadn’t been for the bats of Jose Reyes, David Wright, and others. David Wright launched an opposite field homer, while Reyes also went deep against Yanks reliever Kyle Farnsworth.

Santana also would have failed at getting his fifth win if it wasn’t for a great play by Brian Schneider in the third inning, who received a relay throw from Luis Castillo and immediately blocked baserunner Johnny Damon’s leg from being able to touch home plate by planting his foot. Schneider then made a quick slap to Damon’s body to get the out. It appeared to be a horrible call at first glance, but seeing Schneider’s foot blockade magnified the amazing call by home plate umpire Mike Reilly.

Andy Pettite (3-5) took his fourth straight loss, something that came to my surprise with the way the game began. Pettite started the game by striking out four of the first five batters, mostly all on swing-and-miss high heaters.

Billy Wagner allowed the first two batters to face him to reach base, but nailed down his ninth save of the season without giving up any runs. He has still yet to give up any earned runs this season.

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