April 5, 2010: Mets Win Season Opener
|Date: April 5, 2010|
|Mets starter: Johan Santana|
|Winning pitcher: Johan Santana|
|Key player(s): Johan Santana, David Wright|
|Key play: Wright's home run in 1st|
The Mets played their first game of the new decade on a Monday afternoon at Citi Field. A crowd of 41,245 was on hand as Johan Santana took the mound in the game against the Marlins. The Mets continued their tradition of Opening Day success with a 7-1 win.
Santana shut down the Florida batters in the first five innings. He retired the side in order three times and allowed only two singles. Johan was also staked to a 2-0 lead on David Wright's home run off Marlins' starter Josh Johnson in the bottom of the first inning.
In the top of the sixth, Jorge Cantu doubled with two out to score Chris Coghlan for Florida. Jason Bay led off the bottom half with a triple and Gary Matthews followed with a walk. Against reliever Clay Hensley, Jeff Francoeur hit a sacrifice fly to score Bay. Matthews then moved to second on an error and came home on a double by Rod Barajas to extend the Met lead to 4-1.
Pinch-hitter Angel Pagan singled to bring home Barajas before Hensley was replaced on the mound by Dan Meyer. Pagan stole second base and advanced to third on an error. Alex Cora then grounded out to score Pagan for the Mets' sixth run of the game.
Francoeur's double off the Marlins' Tim Wood brought home Matthews in the seventh. In the eighth, Mets' reliever Fernando Nieve completed his second scoreless inning of relief. Francisco Rodriguez then retired Florida in order in the ninth to end the game. The Mets had an Opening Day win for the fifth year in a row. It was also their 32nd victory in their last 41 season opening games.