New York Mets defeat San Francisco Giants, 9-6

During a break from whacking line drives in the privacy of his batting cage at his Manati, Puerto Rico home in January, Carlos Beltran smiled when someone mentioned that he looked primed to surpass the career-high 41 homers he had blasted in the 2006 season.

"We'll see. I hope so," Beltran said then.

Thirty-five games into the Mets' season, their starting center fielder has just six homers, but that is about the only weapon in Beltran's arsenal that seems to have mis...

SAN FRANCISCO - Johan Santana finally received run support. Fielding help? Not so much.

Still, the Mets continued to steamroll through the first stop of their three-city, 10-game trip. They denied Randy Johnson his 299th victory and welcomed J.J. Putz back from a two-game absence caused by elbow swelling to beat the Giants, 9-6, Saturday.

With Jose Reyes missing a third straight start because of calf discomfort, and with Carlos Delgado officially decommissioned with ...