Johan Santana was spectacular.
Santana, throwing on short rest after a 125-pitch outing on Tuesday, started out the game by getting Marlins sparkplug Hanley Ramirez to fly out on the second pitch and proceeded from there. He held the Fish to three hits in a complete-game shutout, striking out nine and walking three.
When, after 104 pitches, Santana returned to the mound for the ninth inning, he received a standing ovation.
The Mets' bats gave Santana a one-run lead in the first inning when Jose Reyes singled and stole second, Carlos Beltran singled to move Reyes to third, and Carlos Delgado hit a sacrifice fly.
The offense more or less went to sleep thereafter, scoring only one more run in the fourth inning when Daniel Murphy was hit by a pitch and Ramon Martinez doubled him in.
But Santana didn't even need it.