7,508: Mets’ 2 hits enough support for Santana, who gets W in 1-0 pitchers’ duel

Pitching school is in session

The Mets’ Johan Santana and the Phillies’ Chan Ho Park allowed a total of just three hits during their starts Wednesday night as New York nipped Philadelphia 1-0 in a classic National League Pitcher’s duel.

Santana allowed just two hits and three walks over his seven innings while striking out 10. The first one, a third-inning single by Jimmy Rollins, advanced our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,508 New York Mets games without a no-hitter. The second was a leadoff ground-rule double in the seventh by Raul Ibanez, but Santana pitched out of the pickle to keep the game scoreless.

Park allowed just one hit – a Daniel Murphy fifth-inning double – and walked two while fanning five over six innings.

The Mets’ second and final hit, a seventh-inning Fernando Tatis single off reliever Chad Durbin, resulted in the game’s only run.

After Carlos Delgado drew a leadoff walk, Tatis hit a broken-bat slow-roller to third that Pedro Feliz fielded nicely but overthrew first base. He should have held the ball, as he had no chance of getting Tatis.

Carlos Delgado, still recovering from a sore hip, lumbered all the way home from first, and Phillies’ outfielder Jayson Werth hesitated before throwing home, allowing Delgado to score.

Pedro Feliciano faced trouble in the eighth when Shane Victorino blooped a double over first base, but Feliciano pitched out of the jam beautifully and stranded him at third. Francisco Rodriguez earned his eighth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Great game.

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