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Mets shut out Dodgers again

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LOS ANGELES -- Johan Santana is amply pleased with how his season is going. So are the New York Mets, who were hoping for the best when their lefty ace returned after missing all of last year while recovering from shoulder surgery.

The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner didn't need the no-hitter he pitched against St. Louis on June 1 to demonstrate how close to his old form he is. There have been several other examples, including Saturday, when Santana scattered three hits over eight innings and sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to their seventh straight loss, 5-0.

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"Coming into spring training, there were a lot of question marks. So I'm very happy to be at this point right now and very happy the way everything has gone," Santana said. "There were a couple of tough games, but the good thing is that I feel good and I'm still competing. That's the key for me. I'm just hoping that I stay consistent the whole year."

In his fifth start since pitching the first no-hitter in Mets' history, Santana (6-4) did not give up a hit between Dee Gordon's leadoff single in the first inning and Scott Van Slyke's leadoff single in the eighth. Tony Gwynn Jr. singled two batters later and both runners advanced on Adam Kennedy's groundout. But Gordon grounded out to third.

"After the second inning he got better and better and better, and he got much better command of his fastball and his changeup," manager Terry Collins said. "This is his best outing since the no-hitter."

Santana struck out three and walked two while throwing 107 pitches, the sixth time he has reached triple digits -- including the 134 he had in the no-no. The four-time All-Star finished June 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA in six starts.

"I had never seen Johan Santana throw a pitch live until this year, so I had no idea what to expect," said Collins, who is in his second season as Mets' manager. "When I was sitting in the dugout watching him today, he was really starting to get his stuff working. [Pitching coach] Dan Warthen said to me: `Can you imagine him when he was 95 and 96 miles an hour?' And I couldn't. I can't even believe how good he was then -- because he's real good right now."

Santana is 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers, who were again missing Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Mark Ellis. They haven't led at any point of a game since June 24.

Ike Davis hit a three-run homer, helping keep Los Angeles sputtering. The Dodgers are in a 1-11 freefall, going from five games ahead in the NL West to a game behind the Giants. At one point, they led by as many as 7½ games on May 27.

Nathan Eovaldi (0-5) gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old right-hander has pitched 41 innings in his seven starts this season, and his teammates have totaled just three runs while he's been in the game -- giving him the lowest run support in the majors.

The Dodgers have been on the losing end in every one of Eovaldi's outings, scoring fewer than three runs in six of them.

"I go out there not thinking about that," Eovaldi said. "I just try to compete, try not to let anybody score and give my team the best chance to win. We all know that it's going to be a challenge and a battle. You just try to make the best of it."

The Dodgers were shut out for the fifth time in six games -- including all three at San Francisco -- and have produced only two runs in their last 57 innings.

"When you're not scoring runs, it's frustrating," Van Slyke said. "I mean, when you look at the Mets today, they got a double, got him over and got him in in like three pitches. So when you're scoring runs, it looks easier than it actually is. I think it's just going to take one game where everyone's swinging the bat well to just kind of relax everybody and get things going."

Daniel Murphy's sacrifice fly in the second inning drove in Davis with the first run after he led off with a double. The Mets used the same formula to account for their second run -- a leadoff double by Murphy and a scoring flyball by Josh Thole.

Davis made it 5-0 in the sixth, chasing Eovaldi with his 11th homer, a towering drive to center field one pitch after an intentional walk to David Wright with Andres Torres at third base.

"Yesterday, Murphy and [Lucas] Duda picked me up, but today I was able to get the job done," Davis said. "Just hitting a home run is a great feeling. Hopefully I can continue to do some damage in situations like that, especially is other teams are going to walk David. Maybe towards the second half of the season, they'll start having to pitch to him."

Notes

  • In each of Santana's five starts since his no-hitter, he allowed a hit before recording his fourth out of the game. He gave up a two-run homer to the Yankees' Robinson Cano in the second inning, a two-run double in the second by Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce, a second-inning double by Baltimore's Matt Wieters, and a first-inning single by the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano.
  • Murphy has 10 RBI in four games, equaling the total he had in his previous 25 games and 96 at-bats.
  • Saturday was the 50th anniversary of the first of Sandy Koufax's four career no-hitters, a 5-0 victory over the Mets at Dodger Stadium.
  • The Dodgers signed 18-year-old SS Corey Seager, the 18th overall pick in the draft and the brother of Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager.
 
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Johan Santana allows three hits and no runs in eight innings as the Mets shut out the Dodgers for the second consecutive game.  (US Presswire)
Johan Santana allows three hits and no runs in eight innings as the Mets shut out the Dodgers for the second consecutive game. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

I. Davis
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

J. Santana
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 3
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF4110113 .209
Ruben Tejada, SS4000013 .309
David Wright, 3B3100101 .355
Ike Davis, 1B4223000 .203
Lucas Duda, RF4010001 .258
Daniel Murphy, 2B3121001 .280
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF4020012 .275
Josh Thole, C3001003 .264
Johan Santana, P3010000 .103
   a- Omar Quintanilla, PH1000012 .261
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Totals3359524  
a-struck out for Santana in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ike Davis (13, Eovaldi), Daniel Murphy (21, Eovaldi), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (11, Lindblom)
HR - Ike Davis (11, Eovaldi)
SF - Daniel Murphy (2), Josh Thole (1)
RBI - Ike Davis 3 (45), Daniel Murphy (38), Josh Thole (10)
SB - Andres Torres (9, 3rd base off Eovaldi/Ellis)
PK - Andres Torres (2, Eovaldi)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Tejada-Davis
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johan Santana (W,6-4) 8300230 2.76
Bobby Parnell 1000000 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 107-71, Bobby Parnell 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 9-11, Bobby Parnell 3-0
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 28, Bobby Parnell 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS4010002 .225
Elian Herrera, LF4000001 .250
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4000001 .297
Juan Rivera, 1B3000101 .261
A.J. Ellis, C2000111 .286
Scott Van Slyke, RF3010001 .175
Juan Uribe, 3B2000000 .205
    Scott Elbert, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   a- Bobby Abreu, PH1000001 .252
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3010010 .259
Nate Eovaldi, P1000010 .000
    Adam Kennedy, 3B2000000 .217
Totals2903023  
a-flied out for Coffey in the 8th
Batting
SB - Dee Gordon (25, 2nd base off Santana/Thole)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Scott Van Slyke 1
DP - Van Slyke-J. Rivera
E - A.J. Ellis (5, Throwing), Dee Gordon (15, Dropped fly)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nate Eovaldi (L,0-5) 5.1755101 4.61
Scott Elbert 1.1000110 2.88
Todd Coffey 1.1000010 3.86
Josh Lindblom 1200020 3.13
IBB - Wright by Nate Eovaldi
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Eovaldi 86-50, Scott Elbert 25-13, Todd Coffey 16-11, Josh Lindblom 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Eovaldi 6-9, Scott Elbert 1-2, Todd Coffey 2-1, Josh Lindblom 1-0
Batters Faced - Nate Eovaldi 23, Scott Elbert 5, Todd Coffey 4, Josh Lindblom 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44217
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Todd Tichenor