David Wright made a diving grab in the first inning to save a run, but the Los Angeles Dodgers’ James Loney reached first on the play for an infield hit that moves the NoNoHitters.com count to 7,351 New York Mets games without a no hitter.
Starting pitcher Nelson Figueroa worked out of the jam to leave the bases loaded despite walking two in the inning. But he went on to give up five earned runs, eight hits and four walks over five innings while taking the Mets’ 5-4 loss on his record.
Dodgers’ reliever Hong-Chih Kuo struck out a remarkable eight batters during his 3 2/3 innings of work, singlehandedly killing the Mets’ offense during the middle innings. The Mets were finally able to get runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth innings but could not capitalize.
The game featured a rare steal of home by a 41-year-old player, but it wasn’t in the traditional Jackie Robinson style.
The Mets had runners at the corners in the third inning when Angel Pagan took off from first. Dodgers’ catcher Russell Martin threw to second and Moises Alou took off from home. Both Pagan and Alou got their bases, and Alou had his fourth career steal of home – all coming on double-steals.