Ervin Santana gives eight strong innings in debut

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The Atlanta Braves landed Ervin Santana on a one-year deal during Spring Training. After giving the pitcher some additional time to get ready he was tabbed to start on Wednesday night.

In his first outing for the Braves Santana worked eight scoreless innings against the New York Mets. Santana struck out six and allowed just three hits as he mowed down the Mets lineup.

Santana came away impressed by his first start of the season.

“This is better than no-hitter,” Santana said. “When you throw strikes all the time, this is better. That means you’re in control of the game.”

He even added a single, his fifth big league hit.

“It’s very exciting,” Santana said. “I just can’t wait for the next one.”

The Mets would score three in the ninth inning of of relievers Jordan Walden and Craig Kimbrel but it was too little too late a the Braves held on for a 4-3 win.

At 5-3 on the season the Brave are currently half a game behind the Washington Nationals. The Mets are now 3-5, three games out of first. They play again on Thursday with a 7:10 pm ET start time.

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