Santana extended his dominant start to the season, striking out 10 in seven innings of two-hit ball, and New York scratched out a run Wednesday night on Pedro Feliz’s(notes) throwing error for a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
“Tonight was a great game, great atmosphere,” Santana said. “We did everything the way it’s supposed to be done.”
In their first visit to the Mets’ new ballpark, Citi Field, the Phillies wasted an excellent performance from previously struggling starter Chan Ho Park(notes), who allowed one hit in six shutout innings.
It wasn’t enough to beat Santana (4-1), who lowered his ERA to 0.91 and won 1-0 for the second time in six starts this year.
Delgado chugged home from first base on a bad hip when Feliz threw away pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis’(notes) infield single to third with two outs in the seventh. Right fielder Jayson Werth(notes) retrieved the ball but double-clutched before a late throw to the plate, and Delgado scored with a feet-first slide.
“Speed kills,” he said with a smile.
New York won its third straight game for the first time this season, dropping Philadelphia to 8-3 on the road.
After the game, the Mets put struggling starter Oliver Perez(notes) (1-2, 9.97 ERA) on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right knee. Jonathon Niese(notes) will be called up from the minors to start Friday night against Pittsburgh, keeping 40-year-old rookie Ken Takahashi(notes) in the bullpen.
The NL pitcher of the month for April, Santana threw 73 of 101 pitches for strikes and fanned at least 10 for the third time this year. Working on six days’ rest, he was lifted for a pinch hitter after New York took the lead.
“He’s really, really special,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “This is the most impressive I’ve seen him.”
Scott Eyre(notes) (0-1) took the loss for the Phillies, who had won three straight and eight of 10. Philadelphia made three errors after entering the game with only five all season, fewest in the majors.
Santana’s run of consistent dominance has been remarkable. He has one loss in his last 23 starts, when Florida scored two unearned runs in a 2-1 victory April 12.
The left-hander has allowed no more than two runs in 12 straight starts and is 13-1 in his last 14 decisions. He hasn’t had much help, either: The Mets have managed 12 runs in his six starts this year, 10 while he was still in the game.
Park was roughed up by the Mets last Friday, issuing six walks in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-4 loss. He looked like a different pitcher this time.
“It was a good day for me,” Park said. “I think the confidence is there.”
“I felt like we had to go for the run,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.