The suddenly surging Mets won their fifth straight, and fourth on the road, with a 7-6 nail biter over the Cleveland Indians, last night in Cleveland.
Johan Santana struggled yet again, but at least this time the Mets put up some runs for him. Santana went seven innings, gave up four runs, walked two and struck out only one. He got the win, but didn't look good doing it.
With a 1-0 lead, Santana gave up a solo homer to Travis Hafner in the second. Then, he gave up a two run single to Trevor Crowe to give the Indians a 3-1 lead. The Indians tacked on one more run on Santana in the fourth when Jason Donald singled to center to drive in Johnny Peralta to make it 4-1.
Luckily for Santana, the rest of the Mets brought the bats. David Wright's infield single brought home Alex Cora, and then Jose Reyes' swipping of home, on the Indians botched relay throw to home tied the game at four. Finally, Ike Davis cracked a two run homerun to deep center to give the Mets a 6-4 lead.
It got really interesting in the ninth, when K-Rod surrendered a two run blast to Shelly Duncan to cut the Mets lead to 7-6, but he was able to get Crowe on a deep popout to end it. The Mets are 36-28, and just a half game behind the Braves for first in the NL East.