Mets Live Another Day; Phillies Clinch

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 27, 2008 7:49 PM CDT
New York Mets' Johan Santana reacts after the Mets defeated the Florida Marlins 2-0 in a baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York, Saturday, Sept. 27 2008.    (Ed Betz)
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(Newser) – Desperate to stay in the playoff race, the New York Mets brought back Johan Santana early and he delivered, pitching a three-hitter that led them over the Florida Marlins 2-0 on a rainy day today, the AP reports. Nearly 2 hours later, the Mets pulled into a tie with Milwaukee for the NL wild card when the Brewers lost 7-3 to the Chicago Cubs.

"I just went out there and tried to finish it. I didn't do anything crazy," Santana said. With the crowd standing and chanting his name, Santana (16-7) assured the Mets will play at least one more meaningful game at Shea Stadium. But New York's hopes of an NL East title are gone after Philadelphia clinched the division title with a 4-3 win over Washington.