7,454: Mets rally in eighth to beat Phils, take back first

The Mets scored four eighth-inning runs Wednesday night to beat the Phillies 6-3 and take back first place in the National League East.

Carlos Delgado was the game’s MVP, with two homers and a single for 3 RBIs, and Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes each went 3-for-5 with three singles.

Delgado tied the game in the eighth with a solo homer, and after Beltran singled, Daniel Murphy hit a double down the right field line to put the Mets ahead 4-3. Brian Schneider then sneaked a blooper behind third base to score Ryan Church and Murphy.

Santana was less than spectacular but made some big pitches when he needed to. He lasted six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out six, including two big ones in the sixth.

Santana lost his no-hitter on the first batter when Jimmy Rollins hit a broken-bat blooper into left-center, bumping our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,454 Mets games without a no-hitter. It marked the 34th time this season that a potential Mets no-no was broken up on the first at bat. (See our No-hitters killed by first at bat page for more details on leadoff hits.)

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