The Mets’ time back in first-place lasted just a day.
Pedro Martinez gave up three first-inning runs and no one but their starting pitcher could muster an RBI as the Atlanta Braves beat the Mets 4-2 Saturday night. With the Philadelphia Phillies’ 3-2 victory over the Florida Marlins, the Mets now find themselves a half-game out of first in the N.L. East, but 2 1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers in the wild-card race.
The Braves’ first-inning rally began with a leadoff single by Josh Anderson, instantly killing Martinez’s chance of a no-hitter and advancing our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,474 games. Martinez then gave up a walk, a double and three singles, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead.
Martinez pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out seven. He also accounted for the Mets’ only runs, doubling deep right center to drive in Carlos Beltran and Brian Schneider.
Anderson’s leadoff single marked the 38th time this season that a potential Mets no-no was broken up on the first at bat. (See our No-hitters killed by first at bat page for more details.)