7,433: First-pitch homer off Pedro dooms Mets no-hitter, Mets lose 4-2

Well, it didn’t take long to get to 7,433.

Jody Gerut knocked Pedro Martinez’s fist pitch over the right field wall Wednesday night to give the San Diego Padres a 1-0 lead (2-0 after Brian Giles’ dinger two batters later) and advance our NoNoHitters.com count one more game.

The Mets lost 4-2, but Martinez and pitched well. He lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up just four hits but he yielding three runs (only two of them earned) and three walks.

Rookie Daniel Murphy had a strong night, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

The leadoff homer off Pedro marked the 49th time in the franchise’s 46 1/2-season history that a potential Mets no-hitter was broken up by a home run. In fact, Pedro did it in his previous start in Houston on Friday, yielding a leadoff homer to the Astros’ Kazuo Matsui.

See our updated No-hitters killed by first at bat page for more details on this and the 30 other instantly killed no-hitters so far this year.

The Phillies shut out the Marlins, so the Mets fall to three games back in the National League East.

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