No no no no no! 5 Mets pitchers combine for no-hitter Phillies


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New York Mets starter Tylor Megill and four relievers combined in the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season, teaming up to throw 159 pitches and beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Friday night .

Megill was retired after five innings and 88 pitches. The bullpen took over from there, with Drew Smith, Joely Rodríguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Díaz completing the second no-hitter in Mets history.

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With the crowd of 32,416 on their feet and chanting “Let’s go Mets”, Díaz finished it in style, knocking out Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and JT Realmuto in the ninth – all swinging.

New York Mets pitcher Tylor Megill pitches in the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, April 29, 2022 in New York City. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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“Team play,” Megill said.

“I’m thrilled. It’s crazy,” he said. “The first one I participated in.”

Mets pitchers combined to wither 12 and walk six.

Johan Santana threw the Mets’ only previous no-hitter on June 1, 2012, when he struck out eight and needed 134 pitches in an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets began play as an expansion team in 1962 and it was their 9,499th regular season game.

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Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo had the best defensive play, pulling off a diving catch on Jean Segura’s sinking liner at right center to finish the third.

“It seemed close,” Megill said.

Pete Alonso of the New York Mets watches a home run during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, April 29, 2022 in New York City.  (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Pete Alonso of the New York Mets watches a home run during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, April 29, 2022 in New York City. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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The Mets spilled onto the field and assaulted Díaz after the Finals as a graphic depicting all five pitchers with the words “BLACK OUT” displayed on the scoreboard.

“It’s fun to watch,” Mets first-year manager Buck Showalter said.

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It was the 17th combined no-hitter in history and the first since Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers partnered Cleveland no-hitter on Sept. 11.

New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) celebrates with teammates after a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, April 29, 2022 in New York City.  The Mets won 3-0 on a no-hitter combined.  (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) celebrates with teammates after a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, April 29, 2022 in New York City. The Mets won 3-0 on a no-hitter combined. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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A year ago there was a record nine no-hits in the majors.

Last weekend, six Tampa Bay Rays pitchers combined to take a no-hitter bid in the 10th inning of a scoreless game against the Boston Red Sox. 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. Under official MLB rules, that didn’t count as a no-hitter because the Rays’ pitchers didn’t end the game allowing no hits.

It was the first no-hitter against the Phillies since Josh Beckett threw one for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014.

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Megill (4-0) struck out five and scored three in his 23rd major league start. Smith got four outs, Rodriguez got three, and Lugo recorded the final two outs in the eighth before Díaz took over.

Jeff McNeil hit a two-run single in the fifth against Aaron Nola (1-3). Pete Alonso homered with two out in the sixth.


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