The New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night in a 6-1 win. They end a rough four-game losing streak on a night where the Atlanta Braves lost. With their 50th win of the season, they pull to 6.5 games behind first place in the NL East. The next two games against the Dodgers are very crucial in determining where they stand at the trade deadline.

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Initial Reaction:

Johan Santana took the mound against Vicente Padilla in Game 2 of the four-game series. After having some question mark first-half performances, Santana continued to perform up to par for himself in the month of July. He allowed a run that scored on a sacrifice fly in the 5th inning, but would prevent any others from crossing the plate. Johan Santana’s performance down the stretch could be the difference maker that throws the Mets into any playoff contention.

Ike Davis launched another one of those massive homeruns, putting the Mets up 2-0 which was all they needed on an offensive drought night for the LA Dodgers.

The Mets broke their 13-game streak of scoring only four runs or less tonight, which was comforting to watch. Seems like the bats finally got going, and the Mets need this to be contagious.

Positives From The Game:

Jason Bay: Putting in some extra batting practice helped Bay turn his slump around tonight. He went 2 for 4, including a three-run double in the 8th inning to break the game open for a 6-1 lead over LA. He also made a Aaron Rowand-esque (minus the blood) catch against the left field wall in the 2nd inning. Hopefully, this marks a turnaround.

You Don’t Mess With The Johan: Santana earned his 8th win of the season tonight, pitching as well as he has been of late. He threw seven innings of one-run ball, yielding only five hits and a walk, while fanning four batters. It’s his third straight decision in which he has won, and in the past five starts he has only allowed three runs.

Jerry Manuel: The manager set a different lineup today and it paid off. Also, Manuel argued a close call at first base in the second inning, and was ejected by umpire Doug Eddings. This might have been the spark the team needed.

Negatives From The Game:

Surprisingly, none to speak of.

Interesting Facts:

20: Jose Reyes swiped his 20th bag of the season.

74: Of the 98 pitches thrown by Johan Santana tonight, 74 were strikes.

What’s Next?: The Mets look to continue their momentum against a struggling Dodgers team in Game 3 of 4 tomorrow afternoon in Los Angeles. Game Time 4:10 EST on FOX.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (10-5) 4.01 ERA vs. LAD Carlos Monasterios (3-2) 3.61 ERA