Ryan Church (right) is congratulated on his two-run homer in the second. (Doug Benc/Getty)
By Charlie Nobles / Special to MLB.com
Oliver Perez cruised in his season debut, striking out eight over six scoreless innings. The Mets erupted in support of Perez, getting home runs from Ryan Church in a three-run second and David Wright in a five-run sixth.
Game Scores: Perez, O , Miller, A . WP: Lindstrom, Gregg. Pitches-strikes: Perez, O 93-59, Figueroa, N 11-6, Feliciano, P 10-5, Wagner, B 12-9, Miller, A 90-50, Lindstrom 10-6,
Gardner 22-11, Tankersley 18-13, Miller, Ju 8-5, Gregg 26-14. Groundouts-flyouts: Perez, O 4-3, Figueroa, N 0-1, Feliciano, P 1-0, Wagner, B 1-0, Miller, A 3-2, Lindstrom 1-0, Gardner
2-0, Tankersley 2-0, Miller, Ju 1-2, Gregg 1-2. Batters faced: Perez, O 22, Figueroa, N 3, Feliciano, P 3, Wagner, B 3, Miller, A 21, Lindstrom 3, Gardner 8, Tankersley
4, Miller, Ju 3, Gregg 6. Inherited runners-scored: Lindstrom 1-1. Umpires: HP: Mark Wegner. 1B: Chad Fairchild. 2B: Rick Reed.
3B: Jeff Kellogg. Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy. Wind: 12 mph, In from CF. T: 2:55. Att:
13,720. Venue: Dolphin Stadium. April 2, 2008 April 2, 2008
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner