NEW YORK (AP) -- Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in New
York Mets' history, helped by an umpire's missed call and an
outstanding catch in left field in an 8-0 victory over St. Louis
Cardinals on Friday night.
After a string of close calls in their 51-season history,
Santana finally finished the job in the Mets' 8,020nd game since
the team was born in 1962.
He needed a couple of key assists to do it.
Carlos Beltran, back at Citi Field for the first time since the
Mets traded him last July, hit a line drive over third base in the
sixth inning that hit the foul line and should have been called
fair. But third base umpire Adrian Johnson ruled it foul and the
no-hitter was intact.
Mike Baxter made a tremendous catch in left field to rob Yadier
Molina of extra bases in the seventh, getting injured in the
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