Winn’s leadoff homer off Perez marks No. 7,376, Mets lose 10-3

For the 47th time in the New York Mets’ 46-year history, a potential no hitter was broken up by a leadoff home run.

San Francisco Giants leadoff hitter Randy Winn drove a belt-high 3-2 fastball over the left-field fence Monday night to make it 7,376 Mets games without a no hitter.

Frankly we’re getting a little sick of updating our No hitters killed by first at bat page, which we just did for the 17th time this season. We’ve now had 895 of the Mets’ 7,376 franchise games killed by a leadoff hit.

It didn’t get any better for Perez, who gave up six earned runs, five hits (two of them home runs) and two walks in just a third of an inning. Apparently repeatedly throwing fastballs over the center of the plate is not a good strategy. Puzzling.

Sarcasm aside, this Jekyll/Hyde question mark going into each Perez start is getting old. This was an important game to continue building momentum, and to put your team behind 6-0 at the outset is not much help.

Claudio Vargas (4 2/3 innings, 0 ER) did his best to let the Mets catch up, but the game ended in a 10-3 loss, dropping the club back to .500. Pedro Martinez is on the hill Tuesday night.

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