J.J. Putz gave up an eighth-inning two-RBI single Wednesday as the New York Mets wasted another Johan Santana gem with a 4-3 loss at Citi Field.
Santana gave up two early runs but settled into another strong outing, yielding just five hits and three walks over seven innings while striking out seven. He lost his no-hitter on the game’s second batter when Cameron Maybin tripled to center, making it 7,503 New York Mets games without a no-no. After Wes Helms sacrificed Maybin home, Jorge Cantu blasted a left field roundtripper for his third home run in a 24-hour span.
The Mets struck right back as Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the first with a triple to right and Alex Cora sacrificed him home. Ramon Castro tied the game in the fourth by singling home Fernando Tatis, and the Mets took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when Tatis led off with a homer to left.
Putz began the eighth more like J.J. Walker, issuing bases-on-balls to Cantu and Jeremy Hermida. They they moved up to second and third on a Ronny Paulino sacrifice, and Cody Ross then followed with a single to center to put the Fish up 4-3.
Jeremy Reed, a defense replacement inserted into the nine spot, hit a two-out triple in the bottom of the eighth, but the Mets stranded him at third. The Mets put runners on in the ninth, but David wright, Ryan Church and pinch hitter Omir Santos all failed to drive them in.
The Mets fall to 9-12.