Corey Hart ended the Mets' shutout streak at 35 innings with a game-winning homer in the ninth and Yovani Gallardo pitched his first career shutout in the Milwaukee Brewers' 2-0 victory over New York last night.
Johan Santana pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits in a super performance, but the Mets' bullpen couldn't keep up the string of zeros.
Ryota Igarashi (0-1) gave up a single to Ryan Braun with one out in the ninth, and Hart drove a pitch into the Brewers' bullpen with two outs for his 10th homer of the season and first game-ending shot. Hart flipped the bat knowingly as soon as he hit it, and the celebration was on.
Gallardo (5-2) had the best performance of his career, using his 94 mph fastball to get out of trouble late.
The Mets were coming off a shutout sweep of the Phillies. Turns out Gallardo is pretty good at it, too. The young righthander found another gear each time New York seemed poised to push across a run.
In the ninth, he got out of a two-on, two-out jam, freezing Angel Pagan on his 121st pitch, a low 94 mph fastball that the centerfielder didn't think was a strike. Pagan argued for several moments with plate umpire Jeff Nelson, but was not ejected.
In the eighth, Rod Barajas poked a single through the left side, but was erased by Jeff Francouer's doubleplay grounder. With two outs, Santana hit a ground-rule double only to stay there when Jose Reyes struck out looking at a 94 mph fastball.
In other games:
* At Chicago, Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina each drove in a pair of runs, Chris Carpenter pitched into the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Cubs.
_ At Cincinnati, Drew Sutton hit his first grand slam and Sam LeCure went six innings to win his big-league debut, 15-6, over the Houston Astros.
The Astros fell to 16-32 for the first time in franchise history. And the Reds have homered in 17 straight games, to tie for the third-longest streak in club history.
* At Denver, Manny Ramirez broke out of a slump with a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies, 5-4.
* At Atlanta, David Ross and Chipper Jones each drove in three runs, Derek Lowe remained undefeated against Pittsburgh and the surging Braves beat the Pirates. 7-3.
* At San Diego, Josh Willingham hit a three-run homer, Ian Desmond had a solo shot and John Lannan earned his first win since April 10 as the Washington Nationals held on to beat the Padres, 5-3.
* At San Francisco, Matt Cain pitched a one-hitter to match a career best, giving up a two-out double in the second to Mark Reynolds, and the Giants sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to their fifth straight defeat with a 5-0 victory.
In other news, the Giants are in discussions to sign former Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell to a minor league contract, a deal that could be completed in the next couple of days.