New York Mets starter Dillon Gee sure looked like he was in for a rough day at the office when he needed 13 pitches to retire Washington Nationals leadoff hitter Roger Bernadina. All Gee did after that first batter was continue to mow down Nationals, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning on the way to a 1-0 victory.
All told, Gee surrendered just two hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season. His shot at being the first Mets pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter was derailed when Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez shot a clean single up the middle.
Hernandez wasn't so bad himself, limiting the Mets to just one run on seven hits, but fell to 3-6 on the season.
Justin Turner continued to play the role of hero for the New York offense when he drove in the Mets lone run with an RBI single in the fourth inning.
Jason Bay added three hits, but the Mets continued to struggle with runners in scoring position, going just 1-7.
Closer Francisco Rodriguez played with fire once again in the ninth inning. With one out, Rodriguez gave up a double to Laynce Nix before having a ball scorched down the line by Jayson Werth. Turner was able to snag the ball and, after a double-clutch, throw across the diamond to get Werth for the second out of the inning. Except that replays clearly showed Werth was safe.
Rodriguez took advantage of the break, getting Adam LaRoche to weakly ground out to second base to wrap up his 14th straight save and bring the Mets to within one game of .500.
Next up for the Mets is a three-game Subway Series against the Yankees in the Bronx starting on Friday night. R.A. Dickey will face off against Freddy Garcia.
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|WP: Dillon Gee (3 - 0)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez (14)
LP: Livan Hernandez (3 - 6)