03/22/09 3:45 PM ET
Lumber breaks out to back Johan
Mets ace fans seven over five frames in victory over Braves
By Marty Noble / MLB.com
at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Sunday, March 22
Braves at the plate: Matt Diaz provided Atlanta's only run of the game with a fifth-inning home run against Johan Santana.
Mets at the plate: Jeremy Reed had four hits, and Omir Santos hit a three-run home run in the Mets' runaway victory. Fernando Tatis had two two-run hits.
Braves on the mound: Jair Jurrjens continued his strong spring, allowing four hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. The run charged against him scored after he was removed.
Mets on the mound: Santana, making his second exhibition game start, pitched five innings for the first time, allowing the home run by Diaz in the fifth and one other hit. He walked two and, with his changeup working effectively, struck out seven against a team that had been batting .310.
Grapefruit League records: Mets 10-11-1; Braves 16-5.
Up next: The Mets are not scheduled to play an exhibition game Monday. Mike Pelfrey is to make his fifth appearance of the spring Tuesday against the Astros in Kissimmee. The game begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez starts for the Astros.
The Braves are off Monday as well. Their 6:05 p.m. game against the Pirates on Tuesday will bring the return of Chipper Jones, who strained his right oblique muscle in the World Baseball Classic. Javier Vazquez starts for the Braves opposite Ross Ohlendorf.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.