7,466: Mets can’t hold lead, lose opener 3-2

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7,466 games without a New York Mets no-hitter

The Mets built up a 2-0 lead but couldn’t hold on Saturday afternoon, losing a doubleheader opener 3-2 to the Atlanta Braves.

Mets starter Johan Santana lost his no-no in the first when Kelly Johnson singled to left, advancing our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,466 games without a New York Mets no-hitter.

The Mets scored in the fourth after Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado hit back-to-back singles, Fernando Tatis drew a walk and Damion Easley singled home Beltran. Delgado scored when Brian Schneider hit into a double play.

New York loaded the bases again in the sixth, but Easley grounded into a double play that retired Beltran at home and Easley at first.

Santana last seven full innings, giving up nine hits and two walks before being pulled after giving up back-to-back singles in the eighth. After righthander Scott Schowenweis gave up a single to load the bases, Jerry Manuel brought in Brian Stokes, who gave up a first-pitch single up the middle to tie the game at 2 – with both runs charged to Santana.

After a ground out and intentional walk, Omar Infante hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Casey Kotchman.

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