7,676: Comeback falls short, Mets lose 3-2

Not enough

New York Mets’ hitters went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position Monday, as the Washington Nationals topped the Mets 3-2 at Citi Field.

Mets starter John Maine lost his no-hitter on the opening batter, giving up a single to Nyjer Morgan for the 7,676th New York Mets game without a no-no.

It’s the 1,755th time a Mets pitcher has yielded a lead-off hit, and Morgan’s single moves Maine back into a second-place tie with Oliver Perez among active Mets pitchers for the most No-hitters killed by first at bat, each with 17. Pelfrey leads the club with 23.

Maine did a pretty good job working himself out of jams, save the third inning when he gave up back-to-back homers to Adam Kennedy and Ryan Zimmerman. He gave up just those two runs over six innings on seven hits and four walks.

The Mets got their first run in the seventh when Luis Castillo singled home Rod Barajas, but the Nationals strung together three hits against Pedro Feliciano in the bottom half of the inning to get that run back.

Angel Pagan hit a deep solo shot to center to cut the lead to 3-2 in the ninth.

Alex Cora, who subbed in for Jose Reyes after he was ejected for arguing a call third strike, reached base on a two-out single, but Jason Bay struck out swinging to end the game.

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