The New York Mets get an Opening Day win against the Atlanta Braves

Johan Santana took the mound this afternoon and led The New York Mets to a 1-0 Opening Day victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Santana pitched five scoreless innings in his first Major League appearance in 19 months, after having shoulder surgery.

Ramon Ramirez, Tim Byrdak, Jon Rauch, and Frank Francisco all came in relief, also not allowing a run to shut out the Braves.

David Wright stepped up for the Mets, and drove in the only run of the game off of Braves starter Tommy Hanson.

Hanson went six innings and struck out four.

Mets center fielder Andres Torres re-injured his left calf in the seventh inning after chasing down a triple hit by Tyler Pastornicky.

Torres originally strained  his leg on March 20, and fought to be ready to start the regular season. He missed two weeks and returned to face the Yankees in Tuesday’s spring training game.

“I’m going to Port St. Lucie to begin rehabbing,” Torres said. “I’m going to see how I feel down there.”

Ruben Tejada will be taking the leadoff spot in place of Torres.

The Mets victory today improved their Opening Day record, winning 33 out of their last 43 openers.

The Mets will face the Braves again on Saturday at 1:10 at Citi Field.

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