The Tampa Bay Rays jumped on the Mets pitching staff for 17 hits Sunday during a 10-6 win at Citi Field, handing the Mets another series loss.
The no-hitter was lost immediately when B.J. Upton led off with a single, making it 7,549 New York Mets games without a no-no. It was the 935th time a Mets’ opponent opened the game with a hit, and the 705th time a no-hitter was killed with a leadoff single. (Details always available on our No-hitters killed by first at bat page.)
The Mets scored the game’s first runs in the second. David Wright led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Gary Sheffield drew a walk, and Ryan Church moved Wright and Sheffield over on a ground out to first. Wright scored on a wild pitch, and Pelfrey lined a single to right to score Sheffield.
Pelfrey was solid through four but got tagged for eight runs in the fifth. The Mets’ bullpen allowed the Rays to bat-around for another four-run inning during a top-of-the seventh interrupted by a rain delay.