Church Hits HR in Win

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

NEW YORK (AP) - On a rare off-night for Johan Santana, the New
York Mets bailed their ace out with their bats.

David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church homered - with Church sending a drive over the 16-foot wall and into the well where the Home Run Apple sits in straightaway center field - and the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Tuesday night.

Santana (8-3) tied his career high by allowing four home runs for only the second time in 221 major league starts, allowing drives to Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. Ibanez's drive was just the 10th ever off Santana on an 0-2 pitch.

But Santana also helped himself with his bat, hitting a tying double in the sixth off Clay Condrey (4-1). Alex Cora's RBI single made it 5-4 and Church homered off Chad Durbin in the seventh.


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