Johan Santana pitched a satisfying shutout Saturday, beating visiting San Diego, 9-0, and the Mets batters showed they can carry New York without needing David Wright to excel in every game.
Santana’s four-hitter was his first shutout since returning from shoulder surgery in 2010. He threw 96 pitches, and probably only had 10 or 15 more before manager Terry Collins would have pulled him. It never came down to that. He even batted in the eighth, despite feeling discomfort in his right side that kept him from swinging the bat.
“He wanted it bad,’’ Collins said. “He’s so special. It’s incredible.’’
The Mets’ offensive outburst was their biggest one with Santana in the game this season, too. Mike Nickeas hit New York’s first grand slam of the season, and Scott Hairston and Vinny Rottino also homered. Ike Davis got a pinch-hit double in the eighth, giving him hits in four straight games and an RBI in three straight.
Wright went 0 for 3 with a walk, dropping his batting average to .390.
He was hitting .405 after Thursday’s game.
“We’ve rode David for so long,’’ Collins said. “We’ve finally got some other guys stepping up.’’
Yankees 9, Athletics 2 - Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer and a solo shot among his career high-tying four hits to back CC Sabathia’s sixth win of the season, and New York beat host Oakland for its fourth straight win.
Teixeira and Robinson Cano each homered for a second straight day as the Yankees added three more long balls to give them nine homers in the last three games.
Teixeira hit a solo homer in the fourth, added a two-run single in the fifth, and had a two-run homer in the ninth.
Rangers 8, Blue Jays 7 - Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning, lifting Texas over Toronto.
Toronto had taken a 7-5 lead in the top half, but Elvis Andrus doubled in a run off Ryota Igarashi to start the comeback. Hamilton’s third game-ending homer came off Jason Frasor (0-1).
White Sox 14, Indians 7 - Paul Konerko had four hits, Dayan Viciedo homered in his third straight game, and host Chicago pounded Derek Lowe and Cleveland for its eighth win in nine games.
Pirates 3, Cubs 2 - Matt Hague was hit by a pitch from Rafael Dolis with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Pittsburgh sent visiting Chicago to its 11th straight loss.
Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 5 - John McDonald hit a three-homer and Milwaukee’s Zack Greinke had his worst outing of the season, giving up seven runs, and a season-high 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings in Arizona’s victory in Phoenix.
Reds 10, Rockies 3 - Chris Heisey gave host Cincinnati the lead with his first home run of the season, and four relievers made it stand up as the Reds overcame a poor start by Mike Leake to beat Colorado.
Phillies 4, Cardinals 0 - Kyle Kendrick threw a seven-hitter for his first career shutout, winning his first game of the season and putting Philadelphia on the verge of its first four-game sweep in St. Louis in 26 years.
Angels 5, Mariners 3 - Albert Pujols hit a home run in his third straight game and pinch hitter Alberto Callaspo came through with a grand slam in the sixth inning to give Los Angeles the victory in Seattle.
Marlins 5, Giants 3 - Mark Buehrle pitched into the eighth inning and host Miami moved within a victory of tying the team record for most wins in a month. The Marlins are a major-league best 18-7 in May.
Royals 4, Orioles 3 - Eric Hosmer singled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, Billy Butler homered, and Kansas City rallied to victory in Baltimore.
Nationals 8, Braves 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 by beating Atlanta.
Tigers 6, Twins 3 - Max Scherzer struck out nine in a rain-shortened outing and Prince Fielder had his first four-hit game with the Tigers, leading visiting Detroit over Minnesota.