Lance Nix hit a 11th-inning pinch-hit home run to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 win over the New York Mets Monday night.
The ball, served up by Manny Acosta, dropped in the front row of the stands behind right-center field, just out of reach of a leaping Jeff Francoeur.
Mets starter Oliver Perez lost his no-hitter on the opening batter when Drew Stubbs lead off the game with a home run, advancing our NoNoHitters.com count up to 7,670 New York Mets games without a no-no.
It marked the 106th time a Mets opponent began a game with a dinger and the 1,754th Mets game that began with a lead-off hit by the opponent. It’s all documented on our expanded No-hitters killed by first at bat page, which shows that Perez has moved past Maine for the second most lead-off hits given up among the Mets’ active starters – Perez has given up 17 and Maine 16, both far behind Pelfrey with 23.
Perez in his no-decision threw a decent six innings, giving up a pair of earned runs on six hits and four walks.
The Mets’ runs came on a Francoeur single and a Jose Reyes double.