7,686: Maine leaves after first batter, Mets win 10-7

Another rarity, but no no-no

In this week of rare Mets occurrences, could a Mets no-hitter be far behind?

In only the 13th time in New York Mets history, a New York Mets starter left the game with a no-hitter intact. This one wasn’t very dramatic though – John Maine was pulled for “precautionary reasons” after issuing a five-pitch walk to lead-off batter Nyjer Morgan in a game ending with the Mets winning 10-7.

And this in a week that featured a game with both an inside-the-park home run and a Mets triple play.

We chronicle most Mets rare occurrences (and premature starter pulls are no exception) on this website, so check out our Pulled during a no-hitter page, in case you’d like to see the other 12 – most are kind of interesting.

Anyway, Raul Valdes got the ball after Maine left, and he lost the no-hitter in the second inning on an Adam Dunn double, advancing our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,686 New York Mets games with no no-no.

Valdes, in his five-inning pseudo start, gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six.

David Wright was the offensive star with four RBIs, including a first-inning three-run double. Rod Barajas and Jeff Francoeur each went 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs, and Jason Bay and Ike Davis both had 3-for-5 nights.

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