7,518: Mets top Giants for third straight game

Rare run support for Johan

David Wright and Carlos Beltran each knocked in three runs Saturday afternoon, giving starter Johan Santana some rare run support as the Mets topped the Giants 9-6 at AT&T Park.

Turns out Santana needed it, as he allowed 11 hits over seven innings while allowing six runs. Only four of the runs were earned, as errors by Wright and Luis Castillo led to two of them, but it did let Santana’s season ERA creep over 1.00. Shocking!

Ramon Castro knocked in two runs with a 2-for-5 game, and Gary Sheffield again contributed with a multi-hit performance by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Santana lost his no-hitter in the bottom of the first when the Giants’ Emmanuel Burriss led off with a single, making it 7,518 New York Mets games without a no-hitter. It was the 10th time this season – and the 928th time in Mets history – that the opponent’s leadoff batter was responsible for killing the no-hitter. (See our No-hitters killed by first at bat page for all the stats on this.)

J.J. Putz earned his first save of the season with a perfect bottom of the ninth.

The game’s best feature was that I could actually watch it, as my Fox affiliate aired the Mets for the first time this season. Yeah!

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