Johan Santana brought solid starting pitching and a little offense to Petco Park Sunday to lead the Mets to a 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres.
Santana, who earned his 13th win to tie for tops in the Majors, yielded just one run on five hits and a pair of walks over his eight innings of work. Just as impressive was the former American Leaguer’s performance at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, an RBI and a run scored.
He lost his no-hitter in the first inning when Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-out single up the middle, moving our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,593 New York Mets games without a no-no.
Newcomer Anderson Hernandez, acquired recently from the Washington Nationals, knocked in the game’s first run with a single during a 2-for-3 debut. Luis Castillo returned to the lineup after his dugout misstep with a 2-for-5 effort and Jeff Francoeur was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.