Maine gives up first-inning single; count at 7,324

John Maine gave up a first-inning single to left to the Atlanta Braves’ Mark Kotsay to bump our NoNoHitters.com count up to 7,324 games without a no hitter.

Maine is the current leader in our far-from-scientific poll (in the left sidebar) asking who will throw the New York Mets’ first no hitter in their 46-year history.

Last April, Maine had a no hitter going against the Florida Marlins through 7 innings before yielding a single to Thomas Teleisha. And in late September, when the Mets really needed a win, Maine threw 7 2/3 innings before giving up his first hit during a 13-0 win over the Marlins. Maine struck out 14 during that game.

Maine’s outing was less than stellar on Saturday. Maine gave up four earned runs and eight hits, lasting just four innings during the Mets 11-5 loss to the Braves.

Jorge Sosa didn’t do much to help his ERA either. He yielded a double, a single and a walk before giving up a grand slam to pinch hitter Kelly Johnson.

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