If there was ever a time the Mets needed a complete game from their ace, it was Sunday afternoon at Shea.
And Johan Santana delivered.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched his seventh complete game, Fernando Tatis and Ramon Castro hit two-run homers and New York pounded Kyle Lohse and the St. Louis Cardinals 9-1 on Sunday to wrap up another successful homestand.
Santana allowed six hits and a walk in winning for just the second time since June 1, a maddening stretch during which he was tagged with four losses and four no-decisions. He also scored a run and drove in another while throwing his first complete game since a shutout of the Mets on June 19, 2007, when he was with the Twins.
His lone earned run was a home run by Albert Pujols in the eighth.
David Wright, Ramon Castro, and Fernando Tatis all went yard in this afternoon's game, with weather threatening all day long.
Up and down the batting order, which remained the same the entire game, there was production. Even from Mr. Santana, himself.
Reyes, Beltran, and "The Human Highlight Reel" both went 2-5, scoring once each. Beltran also had an RBI and an unbelievable catch that robbed Ryan Ludwig of a home run.
Carlos "Esta en fuego" Delgado had an off-day, for him at least, going 1-4, as did Damion Easley.
Ramon Castro was 1-2, with two walks and his sixth bomb of the year.
Johan Santana had an excellent game by any player's standards, going 2-4 with a VERY long single that was almost foul and almost a home run! Wright's single in the sixth knocked him in, but Santana's single in the seventh scored Tatis.
And on the subject of Tatis, there isn't a single player on the team who has been more clutch than Fernando. In a stellar 3-4 performance, he hit two doubles, his 7th homer of the season, and knocked in two RBI's. Not to mention, his BA is now .306.
David Wright had a very productive game, going 3-5 with his 20th home run of the season, 27th double of the year, two RBI's, and a run scored.
Making a play for .300, David's average shot to .294.