Updated 04/05/2012 11:53 PM
Amazin' Mets Seal 1-0 Victory At Citi Field Opener
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The New York Mets opened their season of 162 games with a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.
Ace starting pitcher Johan Santana made a successful return after missing last season with a shoulder injury, pitching five scoreless innings and only giving up two hits while striking out five.
The Mets scored the only run of the game in the sixth inning on an RBI single by David Wright.
Frank Francisco closed it out ending it with a strikeout of Jason Heyward.
The Mets have now won on opening day 33 of the last 43 years, but are still looking to rebound from three straight losing seasons.
"[Santana] is by far one of the greatest competitors I've ever been around. And that's why I say, if anyone can come back from his injury, he could," Mets Manager Terry Collins said after the game. "He wanted to go a couple of innings, if he could have, but he, but he gave us all he got and... he did exactly what we thought he'd do."
"I'm happy, the way everything. And I think the way to go out there, in a game that counts," said Santana.
While there were no home runs at Thursday's opener, fans can expect more this season after the team moved in and lowered the outfield fences in a bid to boost the offense at the ballpark.
Before the game, the Mets honored their Hall of Fame Catcher Gary Carter.
Carter's family unveiled his number eight on the outfield wall during a pre-game ceremony.
The team is also wearing a patch labeled "Kid 8," for Carter's nickname and uniform number.
Carter died in February of brain cancer.
Meanwhile, the Mets faithful poured into the parking lots of Citi Field early Thursday to be a part of the team's golden anniversary.
"Big things this year, hopefully big things from these New York Mets. Who knows. We'll see what's in store. But, hopefully, they can provide us with a nice season," said one Mets fan.
"I've never been to an opening day before. Just excited that it came on my birthday this year," said another Mets fan.
Often with the Mets, the good news comes with a little bad. Center fielder Andres Torres re-injured his left calf misplaying a ball and it is unclear just how much time he could miss.
The New York Yankees will not be back in the Bronx until next week.
They open their season Friday in Tampa.