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National League roundup: Mets’ Johan Santana nets 1st shutout since 2010

NEW YORK -- Johan Santana pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout since 2010, and the New York Mets backed him with three home runs in a 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

Mike Nickeas hit New York's first grand slam of the season, and Scott Hairston and Vinny Rottino also homered for the Mets.

The Mets won for the fifth time in seven games and have homered in three straight games and their last four at Citi Field.

The Padres, who have dropped five of six, lost outfielder and ex-Tiger Cameron Maybin to a right wrist injury. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.

WASHINGTON 8, ATLANTA 4: Bryce Harper homered and Danny Espinosa added a three-run shot to help visiting Washington strengthen its hold on first place in the NL East. Stephen Strasburg (5-1) was not sharp but still won. He set a season high with four walks while giving up four runs and six hits in five innings. He had six strikeouts. The Braves' season-worst losing streak reached six games as they fell three games behind the Nationals.

MIAMI 5, SAN FRANCISCO 3: Mark Buehrle pitched into the eighth inning and the host Marlins moved within a victory of tying the team record for the most wins in a month. Miami is a major league best 18-7 in May. The Marlins went 19-10 in August 1997. Buehrle (5-4) allowed two runs and eight hits while throwing 69 of 100 pitches for strikes.

PHILADELPHIA 4, ST. LOUIS 0: Kyle Kendrick threw a seven-hitter for his first career shutout, putting the Phillies on the verge of their first four-game sweep in St. Louis in 26 years. Shane Victorino's RBI double in the fourth was the only support Kendrick (1-4) needed, and John Mayberry added a two-run double in a three-run sixth.

PITTSBURGH 3, CHICAGO 2: Matt Hague was hit by a pitch from Rafael Dolis with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the host Pirates sent the Cubs to their 11th straight loss. Hague took a 96 m.p.h. fastball from Dolis (2-4) in the left side, scoring Jose Tabata and eliciting an incredulous look to the sky by the Cubs' reliever.

Cincinnati 10, Colorado 3: Chris Heisey capped a four-run first inning with a three-run home run, and the host Reds went on to beat the Rockies. J.J. Hoover (1-0) picked up the win in relief of Mike Leake, who was pulled after allowing three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.

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Article source: http://www.freep.com/article/20120527/SPORTS02/205270616/National-League-roundup-Mets-Johan-Santana-nets-1st-shutout-since-2010

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