Santana hit hard, chased early in return from DL

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Johan Santana's return to the mound didn't last long.

The New York Mets left-hander managed only four outs Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves in the worst start of his career. He was charged with eight hits and a season-high eight runs in his first outing since July 20.

Santana was sidelined for three weeks with a sprained right ankle, a stint on the disabled list also intended to refresh his surgically repaired left shoulder. But he was hit hard for the fourth straight start and left in the second inning trailing 6-0 after 43 pitches.

Freddie Freeman then greeted reliever Jeremy Hefner with a three-run homer.