The Mets scored runs. The Mets pitched well. The Mets realized this is how to win baseball games.
The New York Mets (23-19) beat the Boston Red Sox (25-18) by a score of 5-3.
With Johan Santana on the mound, the Mets actually gave him some run support. The Mets got on the board early with a Gary Sheffield home run off the foul pole in left field in the second inning.
Jason Varitek got it right back with a solo home run of his own in the bottom half of the inning.
The Mets then picked up three RBI singles in the fourth inning, from David Wright, Omir Santos and – wait for it – Ramon Martinez.
In the bottom of the fourth, Martinez gave two runs back when his fielding error allowed two runs to score.
Angel Pagan added an insurance run in the 7th inning with an RBI single.
Santana scattered seven hits and allowed three runs (two earned) over seven innings. He struck out eight.
Bobby Parnell and Francisco Rodriguez each pitched 1-2-3 innings, one to earn the hold and one to earn the save.