The New York Mets defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-0 Thursday afternoon with a brilliant shutout performance from Johan Santana. They take a series for the first time since the end of July when they played the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets can welcome in their rival Phillies tomorrow night with some momentum and their reliable knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on the mound.

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Initial Reaction:

Johan Santana faced off against Jason Hammel in the rubber game of a three-game set. The Mets were able to attack Hammel early on, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. They would later get to him for two more runs in the seventh inning to knock him out of the game. For the Mets, Santana was flawless on the mound, flashing all his terrific pitches, and shutting out his opponent for the second consecutive start.

The Mets offense got it done tonight. They put up runs early and then gave Santana some insurance runs late in the game. Getting on base and moving runners into scoring position was the name of the game for the Mets this afternoon. It’s good to see.

Positives From The Game:

Don’t Mess With The Johan: The Mets ace pitched a complete game shutout against the Colorado Rockies. He allowed four hits, two walks, and fanned ten batters. Everything seems to be clicking for Johan Santana these days. He hasn’t allowed a run through his last 16.1 innings pitched.

Jose, Jose, Jose: The Mets shortstop went 2 for 4, while driving in one run and scoring one run. Jose Reyes stole two bases, and now stands fifth in the NL for that category.

Beltran’s Big Day: Carlos Beltran went 3 for 3, including a first inning sacrifice fly that put the Mets up 2-0. He looked very comfortable at the plate, so lets hope this is the turning point in his season.

Negatives From The Game:

None to speak of. The Mets, as a whole, played a great game.

Interesting Facts:

5: Josh Thole has caught five shutouts in his young career

8: Career shutouts for Johan Santana (second of 2010)

September 12, 2009: Last time Carlos Beltran had a three-hit performance.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets will host a three-game weekend series against the rolling Philadelphia Phillies starting Friday night. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM R.A. Dickey (7-5) 2.65 ERA vs. PHI Cole Hamels (7-8) 3.45 ERA