Right-han­der strikes out 11 bat­ters to achieve the feat in his 13th ca­reer start.

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Rookie Chris He­ston, right, of the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants em­braces catcher Buster Posey af­ter throw­ing a no-hit­ter in his 13th ca­reer start to de­feat the New York Mets, 5-0.

NEW YORK — Chris He­ston pitched the first no­hit­ter in the ma­jors this sea­son in his 13th ca­reer start, lead­ing the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants over the New York Mets, 5-0, Tues­day night.

Only three bat­ters reached base against the rookie, all af­ter be­ing hit by pitches. He­ston also had a two-run sin­gle for his first big league run bat­ted in and fin­ished with two more hits than the Mets.

“Lot of emo­tions go­ing through my mind right now,” He­ston said. “Hasn’t sunk in yet. Look­ing for­ward to catch­ing my breath and cel­e­brat­ing a lit­tle bit.”

The Gi­ants have thrown a no-hit­ter in four con­sec­u­tive sea­sons. Matt Cain threw a per­fect game against Hous­ton in 2012 and Tim Lince­cum threw no-hit- ters in 2013 and 2014.

The only other team to ac­com­plish that feat was the Dodgers from 1962 to 1965. Hall of Famer Sandy Ko­ufax pitched all of those.

He­ston (6-4) struck out 11 bat­ters, six look­ing. The Mets hit only two balls out of the in­field.

Af­ter plunk­ing An­thony Recker with a pitch to start the ninth in­ning, the righthander threw called third strikes past pinch-hit­ter Danny Muno, Curtis Gran­der­son and Ruben Te­jada. He­ston walked to­ward the plate and was hugged by catcher Buster Posey.

“It’s fun to see good things hap­pen to good peo­ple,” Posey said.

The last pitch was a 91 mph sinker that froze Te­jada.

He­ston, 27, threw 72 of 110 pitches for strikes in the 35th no-hit­ter by a rookie in ma­jor league his­tory. The last was one by Bos­ton’s Clay Buch­holz in 2007.

An­gel Pa­gan put the Gi­ants ahead with a run-scor­ing ground­out in the first in­ning and Matt Duffy hit a home run in the sixth.

San Fran­cisco took a 5-0 lead on Joe Panik’s sev­en­thin­ning home run.

Al Bello Getty Images

Al Bello Getty Images

CHRIS HE­STON, hug­ging Matt Duffy, cel­e­brates with Gi­ants team­mates af­ter throw­ing a no-hit­ter.


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