Johan Santana threw seven innings of scoreless ball Saturday to lead the Mets to a 5-1 win over the Atlanta Braves, so at least the series sweep is off the table.
Santana gave up just five hits and two walks while striking out five. He lost his no-hitter in the first inning on a Martin Prado double, advancing our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,572 New York Mets games without a no-no.
The Mets broke the scoreless tie in the sixth when Jeremy Reed drew a bases-loaded walk and David Wright scored on an Omir Santos ground-ball fielder’s choice.
Chipper Jones tagged Pedro Feliciano for a homer in the eighth to cut the Braves’ deficit to one, but the Mets responded with three insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Angel Pagan tripled home Alex Cora, and Luis Castillo sacrificed home Pagan. Jeff Francour tallied an RBI against his former team by singling home Daniel Murphy.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth to preserve Santana’s 11th win of the season.