Santana, Mets, rebound from loss to blank Reds
Jeff Francoeur's name was misspelled when the lineup was posted outside the New York Mets' clubhouse. A few fans at Citi Field encouraged him to go back to Atlanta. A baserunning blunder led to some razzing in the dugout.
Francoeur laughed off all of it. Just one night in and the 25-year-old slugger was well on his way to a fresh start in the Big Apple.
Francoeur had a two-run single in his Mets debut and Johan Santana pitched seven sharp innings, leading New York to a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
"It was awesome," Francoeur said with a wide grin. "Probably, it was even cool for me to have Santana throwing the first night you're here, coming in with an energized crowd. The place was packed and that's something as a player you thrive on."
Omir Santos had three hits for New York, which scored all its runs in the first two innings. Leadoff hitter Angel Pagan scored twice and swiped two bases in his second game back after being sidelined with a strained groin.