7,658: Mets win 4-0 in longest no-hit outing since June

’cause 5 out of 9 ain’t bad

Mike Pelfrey took a no-hitter into the fifth inning Tuesday night as the New York Mets blanked the Chicago Cubs 4-0 at Citi Field for the team’s second straight victory.

Jose Reyes’ two-run triple in the second inning and Fernando Tatis’ pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth were all the runs the Mets needed for Pelfrey, who held the Cubs to just three hits and three walks in seven innings of work to move to 3-0 on the season.

Pelfrey had kept the Cubs out of the “H” column through 4 1/3, when Mike Fontenot poked a sinker the opposite way into left for the game’s first hit. That bumped our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,658 games with no no-no, and marked the Mets’ longest no-hit bid since June 20, 2009.

On that date, Johan Santana reached the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays but Jason Bartlett then hit a double to left.

Here’s the breakdown of the Mets’ no-hit outings that reached at least the fifth inning:

  • 156 potential Mets no-hitters were broken up in the fifth
  • 64 potential Mets no-hitters were broken up in the sixth
  • 22 potential Mets no-hitters were broken up in the seventh
  • 15 potential Mets no-hitters were broken up in the eighth
  • 3 potential Mets no-hitters were broken up in the ninth

Our quest continues …

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