Collins takes blame for Johan's dud

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins took the blame for left-hander Johan Santana's poor outing on Friday night -- his first since throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history on a career-high 134 pitches exactly one week ago.

Santana -- who didn't pitch in the big leagues last season after undergoing shoulder surgery -- gave up a career-high four home runs in five innings, including back-to-back-to-back homers for the first time in his career. It was his shortest start since April 17 in Atlanta, when he got just four outs.

"I am responsible for the way he pitched," Collins said after his team's 9-1 loss to the Yankees. "He was rusty. The command of his stuff was not as sharp as it's been the past three or four or five starts. It was my doing tonight.

"We erred on the side of caution, and it cost us the game."

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