Johan Santana throws first-ever Mets no-hitter

Johan Santana throws first-ever Mets no-hitter

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

After 50 years and 8,020 games of trying, the Mets finally have a no-hitter

Lefty ace Johan Santana no-hit the powerful Cardinals at CitiField. It took him 134 pitches , five walks and a helpful blown call to get there, but Santana has done it. "Wow -- amazing," Santana said after the game []. "Coming into this season, I was just hoping to come back and stay healthy and help this team. And now I'm in this situation in the greatest city in baseball. I'm very happy, and I'm happy for [the fans], finally -- the first one."

Johan's no-no
The slice of history was saved in the top of the seventh by an amazing catch on the part of left fielder Mike Baxter. After crashing into the wall and barely clinging to the ball, Baxter was removed from the game.

The other, less tidy story of the evening will be the fair ball hit by Carlos Beltran to lead off the sixth that was improperly ruled foul by third-base ump Adrian Johnson. Even so, in the books it's a no-no.

Lost in the controversy and what was an incredible moment for the Mets and their fans is Santana's astounding comeback. Friday night's gem lowered his 2012 ERA to 2.38. This renaissance, of course, comes after Santana missed all of the 2011 season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Know what else got lost? That Santana's upstart Mets are now in playoff position in the NL.

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