Baseball pitcher Johan Santana Mets - Photo by eviltomthai via Flickr-CCIn more than 8,000 games the New York Mets baseball franchise had never achieved a no-hitter. Until Friday.

Besting former pitchers like, Nolan Ryan, Dwight Gooden and Tom Seaver, Johan Santana became the first pitcher in 51 years to hurl 9 innings of play without giving up a hit.

He did it against the defending World Series champs, the St. Louis Cardinals, striking out eight, walking five and throwing 134 pitches. That is 19 more than Manager Terry Collins had said would be his limit, according to the NY Times.

He missed all last season with a shoulder injury.

(READ the story in New York Times)

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