Fernando Tatis continues to come through for the Mets.
The 33-year-old outfielder went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a homer to knock in four runs and lead New York to a 7-3 win over the San Francisco Giants – the team’s sixth straight victory. The Mets have allowed just three hits each in their last three games.
The Mets jumped on the board in the third when Carlos Beltran singled in Argenis Reyes. Tatis followed with a doubled to right center, scoring David Wright and Beltran.
Maine entered the top of the fourth with his no-hitter in tact, but he would lose both the no-hitter and the shutout that half inning. John Bowker doubled to right center. Bowker reached third on a ground out before scoring on a wild pitch. The lost no-no would mark the 7,412th time in the team’s 46-plus-year history that the opposing team has got at least one hit.
Maine struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings worth of work, but he also walked five and that contributed to letting the Giants climb back into the game. After walking pitcher Barry Zito and Fred Lewis, Maine gave up a two-run double to Randy Winn. It was only the Giants’ second hit but it put the score at 3-3.
No problem, though, as the Mets’ recent onslaught of late inning runs continued. Tatis hit a two run homer in the seventh and the Mets tacked on a couple of insurance runs. And the bullpen was again brilliant.