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There was also a moment of silence for Carter and his family members also threw out ceremonial first pitches to several of his former Mets teammates. The Hall of Famer died of a brain tumor in February at age 57.
Torres, acquired from San Francisco in an offseason trade, drew a leadoff walk from Hanson (0-1) in the sixth and scored on Wright's single. Moments later, Torres took a bad angle on a triple by Tyler Pastornicky, the rookie's first major league hit, and pulled up while chasing the ball toward the wall.
Tim Byrdak, back already from March 13 knee surgery, struck out Jose Constanza and Michael Bourn to escape the jam.
Ramon Ramirez (1-0), obtained in the same deal as Torres, got four outs to earn the win. Jon Rauch worked a 1-2-3 eighth and new closer Frank Francisco pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
Santana retired 12 in a row after Martin Prado's first-inning single, striking out the 3-4-5 hitters in succession before Matt Diaz doubled in the fifth. His fastball mostly ranged from 86-89 mph, and his signature changeup looked sharp.
The left-hander walked two consecutive batters with two outs, though, including Hanson. Santana went to a full count on Bourn with the bases loaded and, with the crowd on its feet, got the speedy leadoff man to hit an inning-ending comebacker.
NOTES: A longtime Mets nemesis, Jones was booed during pregame introductions even though Howie Rose's announcement noted the slugger was beginning his final major league season. Jones hopes to be back in time for Atlanta's home opener April 13 against Milwaukee. ... Pastornicky went 1 for 2 with a walk in his big league debut. ... Hudson (back surgery) is slated to throw 40-50 pitches in a rehab outing Saturday for Class-A Rome. He could be back by late April or early May. ... Mets LF Jason Bay fell just short of a homer in front of the new fence in left-center.
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