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It took 8,020 games over 50 years, but the Mets finally have their first no-hitter.
Johan Santana walked five, but allowed zero hits over the nine innings in pitching his first career no-hitter. He struck out eight over 134 pitches, earning his third win after missing all of last season due to injury.
But, it all wouldn’t be possible without an umpire’s mistake in the sixth inning.
Old friend Carlos Beltran hit a liner over third base that looked foul to the naked eye, but in reality, it caught chalk just past the bag. It was called foul, of course, and Beltran grounded out to end the inning.
With the no-hitter still intact, Santana continued to work.
In the seventh, Mike Baxter made a dazzling running catch in the left field to rob Yadier Molina…because every no-hitter has a great defensive play.
In the ninth, Santana was laboring, but managed to strike out David Freese to end the game.