Johan Santana’s second start since coming back from the disabled list was a little bit better than the debacle against the Braves (it would have been very difficult to be worse), but it was still pretty bad as the Nationals roughed him up for his fifth straight loss.
The Mets staked Santana to an early lead. With two outs in the first, David Wright shot a single to right. Scott Hairston hit a double to right, with Wright holding at third. Daniel Murphy then hit a jam shot to center to score both runs for a 2-0 lead.
Santana held the Nationals hitless through three, but in the fourth the first three batters hit rockets up the middle for singles that loaded the bases with no outs. Michael Morse then hit an opposite field grand slam to right and just like that the lead was gone. Nats up 4-2.
With a man on in the fifth Santana served up a home run to Bryce Harper as the Nationals extended the lead to 6-2.
Santana lasted five innings, allowing six runs. In his last five games he has let up seven, six, six, eight and six runs. He is now 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA.
The Mets made it 6-3 in the sixth. Hairston led off with his third double of the game, moved to second on a ground out and scored on another grounder.
Kelly Shoppach led off the seventh with his first home run as a Met, a long shot to left to cut the lead to 6-4.
The Mets got runners to first and second with two outs in the ninth but Ruben Tejada flew out to left for the final out.
Mets lose 6-4.