by: aron nafisi   4/9/2012

The Mets opened their 2012 campaign at home with a three game series against their long time division rival the Atlanta Braves on Thursday afternoon. Before the game, the franchise honored their late great catcher Gary Carter who passed away in mid-February from brain cancer.

Johan Santana made his first start for the Mets after undergoing shoulder surgery in September of 2010, and was marvelous. The lefty pitched five scoreless innings, David Wright knocked in the games only run in the sixth inning, and new Mets closer Frank Francisco shut the door on a 1-0 NY win.

Game 2 of the season for the Mets was just as spectacular as the first in Flushing. David Wright homered in the first inning, right fielder Lucas Duda added two homeruns of his own, pitcher RA Dickey threw six sharp innings, and Frank Francisco closed the books for his second save and a 4-2 victory.

Mets fans entered Citi Field with huge excitement on Sunday in anticipation to see the Mets sweep the 3 game series from the Braves to start the season. The fans got to see more as starting pitcher John Niese took a no hitter in to the 7th inning for the win. The Mets banged out 11 hits, and Frank Francisco picked up his 3rd save in as many days in a 7-5 win.

In the end, the Mets swept their long time division rivals, and started the season in style with a 3-0 record.

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