7,728: Santana’s complete-game, homer lifts Mets to 3-0 win

Santana helps his cause

Johan Santana threw a three-hit complete game shutout – and helped his cause with his first career home run – to lead the New York Mets to a 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field Tuesday night.

Santana gave up that critical first hit (at least as far as this site is concerned) on the opening at bat when Brandon Phillips lead off with a double. That advanced our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,728 New York Mets games with no no-no and made us update our No-hitters killed by first at bat page.

But he didn’t allow too much other than that, yielding just two more hits (singles in the sixth and ninth) and three walks while striking out five.

Santana got the Mets on the board in the third with his first career home run. The Mets’ other runs came on a Jason Bay sixth-inning single.

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