7,429: Eighth inning grand slam off Heilman beats Mets

Aaron Heilman gave up an eighth inning grand slam to Mark Loretta Friday night to give the Houston Astros a 7-3 win over the New York Mets.

Pedro Martinez returned to the rotation, giving up five hits and two walks over five innings. Unfortunately, three of those five hits
were solo home runs.

The first came right away, as Kazuo Matsui led off the bottom half of the first with a dinger to right-center. It’s the 48th time a New York Mets pitcher has given up a homer to the first batter, and it bumped our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,429 Mets games without a no-hitter. (See our No-hitters killed by first at bat page for more details.)

At least the Florida Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies both lost, so the Mets remain a game back on the Phils.

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