New York Mets defeat San Diego Padres, 5-1

SAN DIEGO - Johan Santana's starts remain important, although not for the reason Mets officials envisioned when they traded for the ace and awarded him a $137.5 million contract.

While Santana is less likely every day to be able to pitch the Mets into the postseason by himself, at least he could prevent the Amazin's from being swept in a four-game series at Petco Park for the second straight season. The ace tossed eight solid innings Sunday and helped himself with two h...