7,481: Santana pitches three-hit complete game shutout to keep Mets alive

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7,481 games without a New York Mets no-hitter

Johan Santana

Mets ace Johan Santana asked for the ball on three days rest and delivered with a three-hit complete-game shutout Saturday afternoon to keep the Mets’ hopes for a playoff spot alive.

Santana outbattled Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco, who also pitched a gem, to lead the Mets to a 2-0 victory. With the Milwaukee Brewers’ loss to the Chicago Cubs Saturday, the Mets are now tied for the N.L. wild-card spot with just a game left to play.

Santana struck out nine while walking three. He lost his no-hitter in the first inning when Jorge Cantu singled to left, making it 7,481 games without a New York Mets no-hitter.

The Mets runs came in the first on a Carlos Delgado sacrifice fly that scored Jose Reyes, and in the fourth when Ramon Martinez doubled home Daniel Murphy.

Oliver Perez gets the ball Sunday. Nothing else to say except, “Let’s Go Mets.”

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