Pulled during a no-hitter

Randy Jones opened this home game against the Montreal Expos by issuing bases-on-balls to Jerry White, Mike Gates, Andre Dawson and Al Oliver, with the fourth walk scoring a run. Mets Manger George Bamberger opted for reliever Ed Lynch, who got the first two outs before giving up a Warren Cromartie single that scored two runs – both charged to Jones. Cromartie’s single would advance our eventual NoNoHitters.com count to 3,244 games. The Mets would go on to win this game in the “H” column 11 to 5, but lost in the more-important “R” column 4-3. It’s one of only two New York Mets game in their history in which the starting pitcher left the game without giving up a single hit, but also without getting a single out. (The other was John Maine’s one-batter 2010 outing.)

Oct. 1, 1983, Shea Stadium, New York

Tom Seaver, who returned to the Mets in 1983 after accomplishing his only career no-hitter as a Cincinnati Red, retired the first three Montreal Expos – and they would be the last batters he’d face as a New York Met. Seaver strained his lower back running on the wet turf, according to the N.Y. Times. Reliever Brent Gaff took the ball for the second inning and gave up a single to the first batter he faced, Mike Stenhouse, to make it 3,501 Mets games without a no-no. Gaff would get the 5-4 victory despite giving up four runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. The Expos tagged the Mets’ pitching staff for a total of 10 hits.

May 15, 1987, Shea Stadium, New York

Sid Fernandez held the San Francisco Giants hitless for four innings and had a 4-0 lead when he hit a two-out RBI triple to center. Fernandez injured his hamstring running out the three-bagger (according to Mets Walk-Offs, who was at Shea that night) but El Sid returned to pitch the fifth inning and fought through the pain to keep his no-hitter going. Doug Sisk got the ball for the sixth inning, and he walked one batter and hit another before blowing Sid’s no-no on a Mike Aldrete single to left. The hit advanced the Mets’ no-hitters drought to 4,022 games. Mets 8, Giants 3 in a six-hitter. The game marks the longest New York Mets outing for a starting pitcher that was pulled from the game with a no-hitter still alive.

Aug. 31, 1988, Shea Stadium, New York

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