It took 8,020 games, but a New York Mets pitcher finally threw a no-hitter.

Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in team history last Friday, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-0. He struck out eight and walked five while throwing a career-high 134 pitches.

“I just couldn’t take him out,” an emotional Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Collins said before the game that he planned to limit Santana to 110-115 pitches per game this season.

It was Santana’s 11th start since missing all of last season following shoulder surgery.

“Amazing,” Santana said. “Coming into this season I was just hoping to come back and stay healthy and help this team, and now I am in this situation in the greatest city for baseball.”

Santana’s gem was the third no-hitter thrown this year. Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox pitched a perfect game atSeattleon April 21 and the Los Angeles Angels’ Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter againstMinnesotaon May 2.

Mets fans had waited since the team’s first season in 1962 to witness a no-hitter. There have now been 253 no-hitters thrown in MLB history, including the postseason. The San Diego Padres, who started play in 1969, are now the only team without a no-hitter.

Santana got a lot of help from third-base umpire Adrian Johnson in the top of the sixth inning. Carlos Beltran, who was traded by the Mets toSan Franciscolast July, hit a liner over third base with the ball hitting the line and leaving a mark on the chalk. The television replay confirmed it.

But Johnson ruled it a foul ball, and Beltran ended up grounding out.

“It was in front of his face and he called it foul,” Beltran said. “I thought it was a fair ball.”

Correa is No. 1 pick: Carlos Correa, a 17-year-old shortstop, was the first overall selection in the Major League Baseball draft on Monday, picked by the Houston Astros.

Correa is the first player fromPuerto Ricoto be the first pick.

“This means a lot,” Correa said. “We’ve got a lot of good players there.”

Correa has power, and could hit 20-30 home runs per season in the majors, according to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound player from Santa Isabel played at thePuerto RicoBaseballAcademy.

Minnesotatook Byron Buxton, a high school outfielder fromGeorgiawith the second pick. Buxton is considered a five-tool player. The third selection was catcher Mike Zunino from theUniversityofFlorida, going toSeattle.Baltimorechose LSU right-hander Kevin Gausman with the fourth pick andKansas CityselectedUniversityofSan Franciscoright-hander Kyle Zimmer with the fifth pick.

StatsWatch: Here are the major league ERA leaders (through Monday):

  • BrandonBeachy, Braves, 1.87 ERA
  • James McDonald, Pirates, 2.14
  • Chris Sale, White Sox, 2.30
  • Gio Gonzalez, Nationals, 2.31
  • Stephen Strasburg, Nationals, 2.35
  • Johan Santana, Mets, 2.38
  • Ryan Vogelsong, Giants, 2.38
  • David Price, Rays, 2.44
  • Chris Capuano, Dodgers, 2.50
  • C.J. Wilson, Angels, 2.54
  • Johnny Cueto, Reds, 2.54

Diamond Notes: Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is back after missing six games due to a torn right thumb muscle…Former Reds pitcher Pedro Borbon died from complications of cancer, the team announced. Borbon, who was 65, is the Reds leader in pitching appearances with 531. He was a member of Cincinnati’s 1975 and 1976 World Series champions, and had a career 69-39 record with 80 saves and a 3.52 ERA in 12 seasons…Pitcher Jamie Moyer, 49, who was released by the Colorado Rockies last week, cleared waivers and can be signed by any team…OFs Mike Trout of the Angels and Bryce Harper of the Nationals were named the AL and NL Rookies of the Month for May. Trout hit .324 with five homers with 16 RBIs and eight steals. Harper hit .271 with four home runs and 10 RBIs.

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