Reliever Aaron Heilman issued a walk-off walk Saturday night to hand the Florida Marlins a 4-3 win over the New York Mets.
Heilman came into a tied game in the ninth and walked the leadoff hitter. After a sacrifice, a 2-0 wild pitch and a couple of intentional walks to load the bases, Heilman threw a 3-1 pitch inside to let in the winning run. An inning earlier, Duaner Sanchez gave up a leadoff homer to Mike Jacobs make it a tied game.
The loss cut the Mets N.L. East lead to one game, as the Phillies beat the Cubs earlier Saturday.
For the 18th time in the past 22 games, the [Mets scored in the first inning. After Luis Castillo lined a single up the middle, David Wright blasted a hanging breaking ball over the left field fence to make it 2-0. The Mets added a run in the third inning when Jose Reyes tripled and Castillo singled him home, but the Mets failed to score in the final six innings.
Mets starter Mike Pelfrey threw 6 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Pelfrey lost his no-hitter in the first inning when Jorge Cantu hit a fly ball to left that Daniel Murphy lost in the lights, resulting in a double. That bumped our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,456 Mets games without a no-no.