John Maine took a no-hitter into the fifth inning Sunday as the Mets topped the Washington Nationals 6-2 at Citi Field.
Maine gave up his first hit in the fifth on a Josh Willingham leadoff single, marking the Mets’ longest no-no effort since Johan Santana reached the fifth during a June 20 game against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the 259th time a Mets hurler has gotten that far (See our Lost Mets no-hitters that reached at least the fifth inning page for more).
Maine allowed just one other hit, also in the fifth, and Elmer Dessens and Sean Green took care of the seventh and eighth innings. Brian Stokes gave up a couple of runs in the ninth to blow a potential two-hit shutout.
Angel Pagan had three hits, Daniel Murphy was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Carlos Beltran was 2-for-4 with one run knocked in. Wilson Valdez knocked in two runs with an eighth-inning triple.