SAN FRANCISCO – Randy Johnson plans to bury himself in the film room between starts to figure out what’s going wrong.
The Big Unit knows his pursuit of 300 wins could take a while if he doesn’t get on track.
Johnson dug himself an early hole against New York and ace Johan Santana, and the potent Mets beat the San Francisco Giants, 9-6, on Saturday with another late rally.
The Big Unit, looking to become the 24th pitcher to reach the 300-win milestone, is stuck on 298 victories. He heads to familiar territory to try again: Seattle on Friday night. That’s where his career took off in the early 1990s.
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“I’m not too happy with my last three starts. I’m not happy where I’m at,” Johnson said. “I need to do some work on the video machine and talk with (pitching coach Dave Righetti) a little bit. I’ll look at location, sequences.”
Carlos Beltran hit a pair of doubles and drove in three runs, and David Wright had a two-run double and three RBI for New York. Fill-in cleanup hitter Gary Sheffield added three hits as the Mets won their 11th in 13 games and improved to 12-3 in May.
Santana (5-2), the NL ERA leader at 0.78 coming in, was far from dominant in a pitching matchup of two southpaws with seven Cy Young awards between them. He allowed a season-high six runs, his four earned runs doubled his previous 2009 total and raised his ERA to 1.36, and it was only the second time he had allowed 11 hits in his career.
J.J. Putz pitched a 1-2-3 ninth in place of Francisco Rodriguez for his first save since last Sept. 28 with Seattle.
Putz had been nursing inflammation in his right elbow.
The Mets pounded Johnson (3-4) even without slugger Carlos Delgado in the middle of their order. He went on the disabled list before the game with a right hip injury and manager Jerry Manuel called for others to contribute.
He got solid production throughout the order — even Santana added a fourth-inning single for his first hit of the season. Ramon Castro also drove in two runs.
“After all these years, it’s very special to finally face him,” Santana said of Johnson. “He’s about to do what not a lot of pitchers have done.”