Oliver Perez took a no-hitter into the third inning but fell apart after it ended Thursday afternoon, handing the Reds the final game of the three-game series by a score of 8-6.
After a couple walks separated by a sacrifice bunt, Perez gave up a two-out single up the middle to Darnell McDonald that scored Ryan Hanigan and advanced our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,485 New York Mets game without a no-hitter.
With the no-no no longer a possibility, Perez served up a silder that Joey Votto slammed over the right field wall. Votto’s three-run blast – his second in as many days – gave the Reds a 4-3 lead.
The Mets tied the game on a Carlos Delgado fielder’s choice, but Cincinnati tagged Perez for four more earned runs in the fifth during a rally that began with a drag bunt single by Willy Tavares. After Perez issued a four-pitch walk, Votto lined a single up the middle to give the reds a 5-4 lede. After a warning-track deep sacrifice fly and another walk, the Mets had decided they had enough of Perez and gave the ball to Darren O’Day.
The sidearm pitcher hit his first batter in the knee to load the bases and got a short flyout before giving up a two-RBI single up the middle to give the Reds an 8-4 lead. (Both runs were charged to Perez.)
Sacrifice flies by Alex Cora and Delgado put the Mets within two, but that was not enough.