By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Johan Santana pitched six sharp innings, Lucas
Duda hit a two-run homer, and the New York Mets beat Baltimore 5-0
on Tuesday night for their second straight shutout of the Orioles.
Santana followed R.A. Dickey’s second one-hitter in a row with
his best outing since he tossed a no-hitter on June 1. Jordany
Valdespin added a two-run single for New York, which won by the
same score Monday night in the series opener _ a rematch of the
1969 World Series won by the Miracle Mets.
It was the second time this month that Santana and Dickey have
thrown back-to-back shutouts. Dickey followed Santana’s no-hitter
against St. Louis by blanking the Cardinals. The two then
flip-flopped in the rotation to give Santana extra rest after he
threw a career-high 134 pitchers in the franchise’s first
Santana (5-3) had a pair of shaky outings after that, but he was
back in fine form against the suddenly punchless Orioles.
Making his first start at home since the no-hit gem, the
left-hander allowed four hits and struck out five. He pitched
around a leadoff double in the second inning and struck out
consecutive batters with runners on second and third to wriggle out
of the fourth.
Fans in attendance received a T-shirt featuring a picture of
Santana with his arm raised moments after his no-hitter.
Bobby Parnell, Miguel Batista and Jon Rauch each worked an
inning to finish the five-hitter and extend Baltimore’s scoreless
streak to 21 innings, dating to Sunday’s 2-0 victory in Atlanta.
The Orioles, who had won seven of eight before arriving at Citi
Field, were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since
April 2005. They haven’t homered in five games, their longest
stretch of the season.
New York manager Terry Collins stacked his lineup with eight
left-handed hitters against Tommy Hunter (3-4) and it paid off.
Daniel Murphy drove in the first run with a groundout when first
baseman Mark Reynolds made a diving stop of his bases-loaded smash
in the fourth. Valdespin singled to start the sixth, and Duda hit a
high fly that nestled onto the netting that protects fans sitting
just behind the 375-foot sign in right.
It was the second big homer in two nights for the Mets that
wouldn’t have cleared the Citi Field fences before they were moved
in this season.
Valdespin added a two-run single off left-hander Dana Eveland
with two outs in the seventh. The rookie started in left field
after playing second base in Monday night’s game, when he had a
triple and double.
“He’s adding some spark. He’s adding some energy,” Collins
said before the game. “The last few games he’s played, we’ve
NOTES: Baltimore OF Nolan Reimold, on the 60-day disabled list
with a herniated disk, saw another specialist. Reimold and the
Orioles are discussing his options with doctors. Season-ending
surgery is a possibility. “We’re trying to exhaust all
possibilities with different people who have dealt with this to
make sure we get a real good evaluation,” manager Buck Showalter
said. … Baltimore blanked the Braves twice in a row before coming
to New York. … Collins said he would like to rest SS Omar
Quintanilla on Wednesday night, though Collins is a little
concerned about playing Justin Turner at shortstop because he just
returned from a sprained ankle. Quintanilla singled leading off the
seventh to snap an 0-for-16 slide. … The Mets honored the Stony
Brook baseball team, which became the first squad from New York to
reach the College World Series since St. John’s in 1980. …
Security apprehended a fan who ran on the field in the eighth
without further incident.
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