Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/9/12

One week after Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history, it was the Mets who found themselves in danger of being no-hit.

Santana struggled mightily in his encore start at Yankee Stadium, serving up back-to-back-to-back home runs in the third inning Friday and four homers total during a 9-1 loss to the Yankees.

Santana appeared to pick up right where he left off, striking out two Yankees in a perfect first inning. But after walking Alex Rodriguez to open the second, Santana served up a two-run home run to Robinson Cano, snapping his scoreless-innings streak at 19.

More damage came an inning later, all with two outs. After Rodriguez singled, Cano hit his second home run of the game. Then Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones both homered behind him, marking the fourth time in Santana's career he has given up four homers in a game.

And so seven days after throwing a career-high 134 pitches while no-hitting the Cardinals, Santana gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings (86 pitches) against the Yankees. The Mets had pushed back the left-hander's start one day because of the added workload, giving Santana six days of rest between outings.

"He was rusty," manager Terry Collins said. "The command of his stuff was not as sharp as it's been the past three or four or five starts. It was my doing tonight. His shoulder's fine. His health is fine."

Mostly, Collins was concerned about Santana's 134-pitch effort combined with his complete-game shutout in the start before that, causing him to exercise prudence with Santana this time around. Santana is still less than two years removed from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

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