Johan Santana strong as Mets hurl another shutout

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For the third time in a month, the Mets have posted back-to-back shutouts in starts by R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana.

Santana got the Mets two-thirds of the way there tonight in the 5-0 win over the Orioles, following up Dickey’s one-hitter on Monday with six scoreless innings. Bobby Parnell, Miguel Batista and Jon Rauch combined to finish the shutout from there.

The Mets are first in the NL with eight shutouts, putting them one behind the Angels for the major league lead. No other team has more than six.

For Santana, it was his first good start since his no-hitter 18 days ago. He had allowed 10 runs in 10 innings since. The Orioles kept hitting flyballs against him tonight, but only Matt Wieters, with two doubles, did any damage. Santana allowed four hits, walked two and struck out five while throwing 101 pitches.