The Mets again scored early and Pedro Martinez gave his teammates seven strong innings as the Mets won their fifth straight game, topping the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4.
Jose Reyes had a homer and an RBI triple and Ramon Castro hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
Martinez gave up just one run, eight hits and one walk while striking out four. He lost his no-hitter in the first inning when Freddy Sanchez singled to left, making it 7,443 games without a no-hitter.
The Mets’ bullpen again struggled in the ninth. This time it was Eddie Kunz, who gave up two singles, one double, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch for three earned runs. Joe Smith came in to give up an single before Pedro Feliciano got the ball … and the save.