The Atlanta Braves’ Matt Diaz singled to center off Johan Santana in the second inning Sunday to push the NoNoHitters.com count up to 7,325 games.
On the other side of the ball, it was Santana – new to the National League – who got the first hit off of the game off of veteran John Smoltz. Santana led off the third inning with a double off Smotlz, but the Mets couldn’t get him home. Smoltz yielded just two hits in five innings of work.
Santana left the game for a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth. He had another strong outing, yielding just one run and seven hits in 7 innings of work.
But, Mets lose 3-1.