Brian Schneider belted two homers and Johan Santana pitched seven strong innings of one-run ball Thursday night to lead the New York Mets to a 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals.
The Mets jumped on Nats starter Tim Redding early, scoring in the first when Daniel Murphy hit a single up the middle. Lastings Milledge mishandled the ball, letting Reyes score and Murphy reach third. After Schneider hit his first homer in the second, Santana doubled and Reyes drove him home on a single.
Carlos Beltran tripled home Carlos Delgado, in the third inning, and Ryan Church singled home Beltran. The Nats pulled Redding for the fourth, but Schneider welcomed reliever Jason Bergmann to the mound by blasting his first pitch over the right-field wall.
Santana didn’t give up his first run until the seventh and finished the night with eight hits and two walks while striking out eight. He lost his no hitter in the first inning when Ryan Zimmeran hit a two-out single up the middle, making it 7,472 Mets games without a no-no.