The Mets had a lot to feel good about on Thursday after scoring a 9-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays to complete sweep the three-game series from the AL East contender. Unfortunately, the performance of Johan Santana wasn't one of them.

The Mets, who arrived here on a skid of six losses in seven games, put together their best offensive series of the season against a team that had the AL's best ERA , scoring a total of 29 runs. They pounded Rays' starter Jeremy Hellickson Thursday for his worst career outing, eight runs in 3-2/3 innings.