Mets pitch combined no-hitter for 8 innings against Phillies

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets starter Tylor Megill and a trio of relievers combined to pitch eight hitless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mets lead 3-0 at Citi Field on Friday night.

Megill contested the first five rounds. He struck out five and walked three while making his 23rd major league start.

Drew Smith struck out four and walked one in 1 1/3 innings. He was relieved by Joely Rodríguez, who made an inning. Seth Lugo got the last two outs in the eighth.

Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo made the most notable defensive plays. He had catches going to finish the first and second innings, then slid to trap Jean Segura’s flowing liner to finish the third.

There have been no hits in the majors this season.

Megill was the fourth pitcher to be retired after throwing at least five innings without a hit this year. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was put out after seven perfect innings, San Diego’s Sean Manaea left after seven hitless innings and Padres teammate Yu Darvish went out after six hitless innings.

Also, six Tampa Bay Rays pitchers combined for a hit in the 10th inning of a scoreless game against the Boston Red Sox last Saturday. The Red Sox broke the no-hitter and scored twice in the top of the 10th but the Rays came back to win 3-2.

Johan Santana threw the Mets’ lone hit on June 1, 2012, when he struck out eight and needed 134 pitches in an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

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