7,568: Santana, Mets’ pen shut out Reds

Runs for Johan, what a concept!

The Mets finally got Johan Santana some early runs Saturday night, and he rewarded them with seven innings of shutout ball during a 4-0 victory at Citi Field.

Santana allowed just five hits and a walk, and Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Rodriguez were able to close the game and preserve the shutout.

Santana lost his no-hitter in the first inning just as Mets play-by-play man Gary Cohen was chatting with color commentator Ron Darling about Jonathan Sanchez’s Giants no-hitter last night.

“So, left-hander, number 57, initials J.S. … who knows?” Cohen said, just as Santana released a fastball that Joey Votto lined between first and second … “and so much for that.” Votto’s hit advanced our 47-years-and-counting tally to 7,568 New York Mets games without a no-hitter.

Newcomer Jeff Francoeur helped the Mets get on the scoreboard in the first inning with a bases-loaded bloop single to right for a 2-0 lead. Omir Santos had an RBI single to add a third run, and Luis Castillo singled home Angel Pagan in the second to make it 4-0.

The Mets broke through with 11 hits but haven’t blasted a home run in nine days. There’s always tomorrow.

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