Second leadoff homer within a week advances count, Mets lose 5-1

For the second time in a week, a leadoff home run has advanced our NoNoHitters.com count.

The Dodgers’ Rafael Furcal launched an Olilver Perez 0-2 curve ball over the left-center-field wall Monday night to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead and make it 7,350 New York Mets games without a no hitter.

It marks the 46th time in 46 years that a potential no hitter was broken up by a leadoff home run. For something that happens on average once a year, it’s particularly odd to have two occur within seven days.

It’s the 886th time a Mets pitcher has yielded an opening hit, so we’ve again updated our No hitters killed by first at bat page.

Perez gave up six hits in six innings, but unfortunately three of those hits were home runs and he wound up yielding five earned runs. The 5-1 loss was credited to him.

The Mets never really made a dent in the Dodgers’ lead, notching their only run in the sixth when Moises Alou singled in Carlos Beltran, who lead off the inning with a standup triple. The team scattered just three other hits during the other eight innings.

The SNY cameras caught Jon Lovitz attending the game, but wasn’t that Ian Ziering of “Beverly Hills 90210” fame sitting in the front row behind home plate?

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