7,592: Mets held to 5 hits in 3-1 loss to Padres

Season slipping away

Alex Cora’s first-inning homer was all the offense the Mets could muster Saturday night, losing 3-1 to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Mets’ reliever-turned-starter Bobby Parnell gave up two runs on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings of work and was pulled in favor of Nelson Figueroa after spending his pitch count too early. Figueroa inherited bases-loaded with one out in the third inning and struck out Eliezer Alfonso before walking in the go-ahead run.

Parnell lost his no-hitter in the first inning on Will Venable’s RBI single to center, pushing our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,592 New York Mets games without a no-no.

Matt Latos, meanwhile, threw six innings of four-hit ball, with the Cora homer being his only blemish on his ERA.

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