Result: The Mets dropped their second straight Sunday, 2-1, to the Padres at PETCO Park.
Need to Know: Mets starter Zack Wheeler was sharp again, striking out seven and surrendering only Yasmani Grandal’s fourth-inning solo homer. But Wheeler exited on the wrong end of a 1-0 deficit because San Diego starter Odrisamer Despaigne flirted with the franchise’s first-ever no-hitter, baffling the Mets for 7 2/3 innings.
The Mets rallied in the eighth. Daniel Murphy’s two-out double broke up the no-hitter, and David Wright followed with a single that tied the game at 1. Jeurys Familia worked into and out of trouble in the eighth inning, but Vic Black’s ninth-inning misplay cost the Mets an out. Seth Smith’s infield single, which eluded Josh Edgin, pushed home Cameron Maybin for the winning run of the Padres’ 2-1 victory.
Game Ball: To Despaigne, who mastered the Mets, surrendering just two hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings. The righty was one strike from taking a no-hitter to the ninth inning in his fifth career start.
What’s Next: The Mets venture up the coast to Seattle to take on the Mariners. Jon Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA) will make his return from the disabled list and will be opposed by Seattle’s Roenis Elias (7-8. 4.54).