Johan Santana pitched six innings of shutout ball and Jason Bay cracked his first homer as a Met as New York topped the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 during the first game of a Citi Field doubleheader.
Santana escaped trouble in the second after walking the bases loaded and going 3-2 on opposing starter Hiroki Kuroda, but he got Kuroda swinging to get out of the inning with both his shutout and no-hitter still alive.
The Mets jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning when David Wright scored on a wild pitch.
Then in the third, Santana gave up a one-out triple to Reed Johnson to advance our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,664 New York Mets games with no-no.
Santana again worked out of the jam, and he would give up just three more hits and no more walks in his outing while striking out six.
Bay’s homer came in the fourth, and Luis Castillo tacked on two runs with a two-RBI single in the seventh.