August 7, 2010: Francoeur's Homer Leads Mets Past Phils

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Date: August 7, 2010
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 1
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Jeff Francoeur
Key play: Francoeur’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Citizens Bank Park. Jeff Francoeur homered for the only run of a 1-0 Mets win over the Phils.

Johan Santana and Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels each started the game with six scoreless innings pitched. Hamels recorded nine strikeouts and scattered five hits while Santana fanned six, walked three and yielded a sixth-inning single to Placido Polanco. Leading off the top of the seventh, Francoeur slugged a home run. Henry Blanco went down on strikes and Ruben Tejada grounded out to second baseman Wilson Valdez. Santana then became Hamels’ eleventh strikeout victim to close out the inning.

Jayson Werth doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh. On Ben Francisco’s ensuing ground ball, shortstop Jose Reyes threw to third baseman David Wright for an out on Werth. Carlos Ruiz popped out to second baseman Tejada and a bunt single by Valdez followed. Santana retired pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Carlos Beltran. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases against Phils’ reliever Chad Durbin in the top of the eighth.

Jimmie Rollins and Raul Ibanez got back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. On Polanco ensuing bunt, Santana threw to Wright for a force out on Rollins. Francisco Rodriguez came in to pitch for the Mets and retired Mike Sweeney on a line drive to first baseman Ike Davis. Werth drew a walk to load the bases and Rodriguez got pinch-hitter Ross Gload on a grounder to Tejada that ended the inning. Philadelphia’s Ryan Madson then pitched a perfect top of the ninth.

Ruiz took a called third strike to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs lined out to Tejada. Rodriguez then struck out Domonic Brown to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to lift themselves to the .500 mark (55-55) on the season.