St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams hits a grand slam during the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Mets on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Belo Content KMOV
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Mets on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
(BaseballStL) -- PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida—New York Mets ace Johan Santana pitched two scoreless innings in an 8-6 win against St. Louis on Tuesday in his first game facing major league hitters in 18 months.
Santana gave up one hit and one walk. He threw 29 pitches, 17 for strikes, for a Mets split squad.
The two-time Cy Young winner last pitched to big league hitters on Sept. 2, 2010, in a game against Atlanta. Two weeks later he underwent surgery on his left shoulder.
This time last year, Santana was working toward a potential return in June, but the Mets shut him down in August after he pitched just five innings with the Class A St. Lucie Mets.
New Mets center fielder Andres Torres hit a bases-loaded triple.
Matt Adams, a star first baseman in the Cards minor league system, made his presence known by hammering a seventh inning grand slam, but it wasn’t enough for the win.
Jake Westbrook pitched two scoreless innings for the Cardinals.