Tim Redding took a no-hitter into the fourth inning, but Francisco Rodriguez gave up a ninth-inning bases-loaded walk and a walk-off grand slam as the Washington Nationals topped the New York Mets 7-4 on Wednesday.
Elijah Dukes’ single up the middle in the fourth bumped our NoNoHitters.com count up to 7,641 New York Mets games without a no-no. Just three more games and we can pause the count for another offseason.
The Mets jumped on the scoreboard in the second inning when Jeff Francoeur hit a deep fly ball that should have been ruled a home run but was declared a ground-rule double after a video replay. The ball clearly hit the top of the fence, fell lightly into the potted flowers just behind the fence and bounced back in, but the umpires failed to overturn the on-field call.
That left runners at second or third for Fernando Tatis, who hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Carlos Beltran. Francoeur, who advanced to third on Elijah Dukes’ throw home, then scored on an Omir Santos single to make it 2-0 Mets
The Nats got one back in the fifth on an Adrian Gonzalez sacrifice fly, but the Mets got it back in the sixth when Beltran drove in Pagan with a single.
Washington again pulled within one in the eighth on Ryan Zimmerman homer, but the Mets again answered back when Santos drove in his second run of the night with a base hit.
That set the stage for a K-Rod save, but it wasn’t to be.