June 19, 2012: Santana Leads Shutout of Orioles

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Date: June 19, 2012
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 5
Orioles: 0
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Lucas Duda, Jordany Valdespin
Key play: Duda's home run, Valdespin's single

The Mets faced the Orioles on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played in front of 32,587 fans on hand. Johan Santana and a trio of relievers teamed up for a shutout in a 5-0 Mets win over Baltimore.

Santana and the Orioles' Tommy Hunter each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Johan struck out the side in a scoreless top of the fourth and David Wright singled with one out in the bottom half. Lucas Duda hit a single and Ike Davis drew a walk to load the bases. Daniel Murphy grounded out to first baseman Mark Reynolds to drive home Wright for a 1-0 Mets lead. Hunter then got Omar Quintanilla on a ground ball to second baseman Brian Roberts to end the inning.

Santana set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Hunter hurled a perfect bottom half and Adam Jones got a two-out single in the top of the sixth. Matt Wieters drew a walk and Santana retired Reynolds on on inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Quintanilla. Jordany Valdespin singled to begin the bottom half. Wright flied out to center fielder Jones and a two-run homer by Duda increased the Mets' lead to 3-0. Hunter then struck out Davis and got Murphy on a grounder to Roberts to finish off the inning.

Mets' reliever Bobby Parnell retired all three batters in the top of the seventh. Quintanilla got an infield single against Hunter to lead off the bottom half. Josh Thole singled and pinch-hitter Scott Hairston was retired on a fly ball to Jones after which Quintanilla advanced to third base. Against Baltimore reliever Dana Eveland, pinch-hitter Andres Torres hit a ground ball on which Quintanilla got caught in a rundown. Omar was tagged out by Eveland on the play as Thole went to third and Torres moved to second. Valdespin hit a single to bring home Thole and Torres with the Mets' fourth and fifth runs of the game. Eveland then got Wright on a force play grounder to third baseman Wilson Betemit for the inning's final out.

Mets' reliever Miguel Batista yielded only a single to Betemit in the top of the eighth. Eveland pitched a perfect bottom half and New York's Jon Rauch retired Wieters on a grounder to first baseman Davis to start the top of the ninth. Reynolds went down on strikes. Rauch then got pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty to fly out to center fielder Torres and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory.