New York Mets defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-3

Seemingly uninterested in speaking after the game, Julio Lugo sat in front of his locker as two reporters approached him.

"I've got nothing for you guys," he said as he continued getting dressed.

He was asked about a double play he couldn't turn in the fourth inning. The shortstop looked up the second time the question was posed.

"I was trying to stay on the bag and get the first one first, before we do anything," Lugo said quietly. Asked whether he was caught flat-f...

BOSTON - Jerry Manuel was being peppered with pregame questions about how to make the best of a shorthanded situation, in particular the possibility of playing Fernando Tatis at shortstop this weekend to get a little more pop in his injury-weakened lineup.

The Mets' manager said he might consider it tomorrow with Tim Redding on the mound, but not tonight with ground-ball specialist Mike Pelfrey pitching. Manuel said it wouldn't be fair to Tatis, who has played only a ha...

BOSTON - Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis has grown into a compelling figure in New York.

It started with Yankee fans, who began to see him as a villain after several heated clashes with Joba Chamberlain over inside pitching. And after his run-in with Johan Santana Friday night, Mets fans have a reason for strong feelings, too.

In the fifth inning of the Mets' 5-3 win at Fenway, Santana hit Youkilis on the right elbow with a 2-2 pitch, his seventh of the at-bat. ...

BOSTON - Don't mess with Johan Santana. Oh, and hurry back, Jose Reyes.

Despite more sloppiness behind him, and fueled by a confrontation with Kevin Youkilis, Santana willed the Mets to a 5-3 win over the Red Sox Friday night to snap the team's four-game losing streak.

The ace again didn't get fielding help, particularly at shortstop, where fill-in Ramon Martinez committed two more .errors to raise his total to four in two starts at the position. Yet Santana limited ...