- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Mets’ scoreless innings streak ended in the bottom of the ninth Friday night. So did a five-game winning streak.
After eight scoreless innings from Johan Santana, Ryota Igarashi surrendered a two-run homer to Corey Hart in the ninth as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Mets, 2-0. The Mets’ scoreless-innings streak ended at 35 innings as the Mets narrowly missed matching their 1969 franchise record for consecutive shutouts at four.
Yovani Gallardo, who twice lost to the Mets last season by 1-0 scores, pitched the shutout.
Santana departed after tossing 105 pitches, and Pedro Feliciano retired Prince Fielder for the first out of the ninth. Igarashi then entered and surrendered an infield single to Ryan Braun, when Jose Reyes made a diving stop to his left and narrowly missed retiring the cleanup hitter at first base. With two out, Hart took Igarashi deep to left field.
10:27 p.m.: Angel Pagan did not care for a called third strike by plate umpire Jeff Nelson that ended the top of the ninth and stranded two runners. ... Johan Santana is out after eight scoreless. Pedro Feliciano takes over for the ninth. Santana retired the final 11 batters he faced and surrendered only three hits and two walks. The lone runner to reach scoring position against Santana came on a leadoff double by Casey McGehee in the second inning. Santana struck out five in a 105-pitch effort (72 strikes).
10:13 p.m.: And on to to the ninth. Still no score. Johan Santana has retired 11 straight.
9:58 p.m.: That's seven scoreless, and 34 overall. Of course, Yovani Gallardo also has blanked the Mets.
9:45 p.m.: Scoreless through six innings. That's 33 total innings for the Mets' staff.
9:29 p.m.: More than halfway toward a franchise-record-tying fourth straight shutout. Johan Santana is through five innings scoreless. Jason Bay makes a catch at the wall in left field on George Kottaras to lead off the inning. The lone runner: opposing pitcher Yovani Gallardo, which singled to right field. Jeff Francoeur fielded the ball and fired to Ike Davis at first base, narrowly late for an out.
9:16 p.m.: Make it four scoreless for Johan Santana, upping the streak to 31 innings. That's the longest by the Mets since 1990. Mets and Brewers scoreless, heading to the fifth.
9:02 p.m.: It's 30 straight scoreless innings for the Mets and climbing as Johan Santana retires Ryan Braun on a foul pop-up to end the third inning. Mets 0, Brewers 0.
8:53 p.m.: The Mets load the bases with none out in the third, but come up empty. Jose Reyes sends a grounder to first base and Rod Barajas is forced out at the plate. Alex Cora then grounds into a 4-6-3 DP.
8:44 p.m.: Johan Santana works around a leadoff double by Casey McGehee in the second inning. Scoreless streak at 29 innings.
8:24 p.m.: The scoreless streak is at 28. After a two-out walk to Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun flies out to the track in right field. No score after 1.
8:18 p.m.: Johan Santana takes the mound for the bottom of the first, with the Mets' scoreless-innings streak at 27. If he tooses a scoreless first frame, the Mets will have matched their longest streak since 2004.
8:10 p.m.: Lineups:
Jose Reyes, SS
Alex Cora, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Ike Davis, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Angel Pagan, CF
Rod Barajas, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Johan Santana, LHP
Rickie Weeks, 2B
Carlos Gomez, CF
Prince Fielder, 1B
Ryan Braun, LF
Casey McGehee, 3B
Corey Hart, RF
Alcides Escobar, SS
George Kottaras, C
Yovani Gallardo, RHP
Game notes: Luis Castillo is being given a day off. ... Rod Barajas returns to the lineup with his sore right wrist. ... Brewers bench coach Willie Randolph was scheduled to be away this weekend because of his father's health, but he had a flight issue and is here for the opener. ... Jon Niese will throw a bullpen session on Saturday in Port St. Lucie in preparation for a minor league rehab start. ... Milwaukee's Prince Fielder has moved to third in the order, with Ryan Braun fourth, giving Braun protection with No. 5 Casey McGehee. ... Ryota Igarashi turned 31 today.
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