The Mets couldn’t get hits when they needed them Sunday, wasting a strong start by fill-in Nelson Figueroa during a 4-2 loss at Citi Field.
After cutting the deficit to one in the seventh on an Omir Santos triple and a Jose Reyes infield hit, the Mets were set up to tie it in the the eighth with runners on first and second with no out. But Jerry Manuel declined to have Fernando Tatis sacrifice the runners into scoring position, and he struck out. Delgado than hit a comebacker to the mound, resulting in a 1-2-4 double-play.
Figueroa lasted six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, two walks and one hit batsman while striking out three. He lost his no-hitter on the first batter when Rickie Weeks hit an infield single to make it 7,494 New York Mets games without a no-no.
The leadoff hit made us update our No-hitters killed by first at bat page to 921 games, three so far this season.