The San Diego Padres jumped on starter John Maine for five runs in the third inning to negate an early three-run Mets lead and hand the club a 6-5 loss at Citi Field Thursday night.
Maine yielded five singles and two walks (one intentional) in the inning and allowed another earned run in the fifth. He lost his no-hitter in the second inning when Chase Headley lined a second-inning single up the middle to make it 7,491 New York Mets games without a no-hitter.
The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first when Carlos Delgado blasted a 3-and-0 fastball over the fence just right of center. His 440-foot homer scored Jose Reyes, who led off the inning with an infield single, and Daniel Murphy, who walked. Both had advanced a base on a balk.
New York made a run at the Padres in the eighth. After Ryan Church led off with a bunt single, Ramon Castro launched a hanging slider over the left field fence to bring the Mets within one. Pinch-hitter Gary Sheffield then reached base on a walk, but Jose Reyes ended the inning by hitting into a double-play.
Ex-Met Heath Bell was able to close out the Mets in the ninth, despite a drawn-out two-out at bat by Delgado that ended on a questionable call strike.