7,499: Pelfrey returns strong, Mets win 2nd straight

Pelfrey’s start makes it 2 straight

Mike Pelfrey returned strong from his injury Saturday as the Mets took advantage of three Washington National errors during an 8-3 win at Citi Field.

Pelfrey gave up just two runs and six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings of work, but again lost the no-hitter on the first batter. When Anderson Hernandez led off the game with a single, it advanced our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,499 games without a Mets no-hitter and marked the 922nd time the Mets have lost their no-no on the opponents’ first at-bat.

It was the third time this season that Pelfrey allowed an opening hit.

The Mets jumped on the scoreboard early when Elijah Dukes misplayed a David Wright hit, allowing Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran to score. Ryan Church followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. Pelfrey allowed his runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

The bullpen was solid, as Sean Green, Bobby Parnell and Brian Stokes combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

I can’t share many first-hand details because of the MLB/Fox Network Saturday afternoon blackout debacle on the MLB Extra Innings package.

The Mets’ Oliver Perez makes his bid for the team’s 7,500th game without a no-no on Saturday.

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