Sean Green issued a walk-off walk to Shane Victorino in the bottom of the 10th inning to waste a Mets comeback and hand the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 win Saturday.
The Mets overcame another shaky start from Oliver Perez, but again couldn’t score late-inning runs to win a game.
Perez was sent to the clubhouse in the third after issuing a bases-loaded walk to opposing pitcher Jamie Moyer, his sixth base on balls during a 2 1/3-inning, four-run, 77-pitch debacle. Any chance of a no-hitter disappeared immediately when Victorino led off the bottom of the first with a triple, making it 7,505 New York Mets games without a no-no.
It was the 33rd time a Mets no-hitter was broken up by a leadoff triple, and the 923rd time the leadoff hitter killed a Mets no-no. (Our No-hitters killed by first at bat page has more details than you care to know about these games.)
Reliever Ken Takahashi entered with the bases loaded in the third and bailed out Perez with a double-play, then followed with two solid innings to give the Mets a chance to catch up.
The Mets took the lead during a two-out sixth-inning rally sparked by the bottom of the order. After tying the game on back-to-back homers by Daniel Murphy and Ramon Castro, Alex Cora followed with a pinch-hit triple, the team’s 12th three-bagger of the young season. After Reyes drew a walk, Luis Castillo knocked in Cora to give the Mets a 5-4 lead.
Unfortunately, Raul Ibanez tagged Pedro Feliciano for a solo shot to tie the game in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-5.
The Mets got a runner in scoring position in the top of the eighth and Carlos Beltran did his job with a two-out single, but Jayson Werth threw Omir Santos out at the plate. Beltran hit into a double-play with runners on first and second to end the top of the tenth.
What did my Fox affiliate show? Cleveland at Detroit. Thanks.