Johan Santana took on a role of heroic proportions when he recorded the Mets' first no-hitter on June 1, churning through 134 pitches to turn the course of his franchise.

In his two subsequent starts, he appeared a mere mortal, allowing 10 runs in 10 innings.

Tuesday night against the Orioles, in his first start at Citi Field since the no-hitter, Santana was back on four days' rest, and he returned to form, tossing six shutout innings to lead the Mets to their second straight shutout, a 5-0 win before a home crowd of 32,587.