Padres top Mets 2-1 after Despaigne 0-hit bid ends
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Odrisamer Despaigne came within four outs of the first no-hitter in San Diego's 46-year major league history, and the Padres beat the New York Mets 2-1 Sunday on Seth Smith's run-scoring infield single in the ninth.
Making his fifth major league start, Despaigne didn't allow a hit until Daniel Murphy doubled to left-center with two outs in the eighth. San Diego, the only active major league franchise without a no-hitter, was playing its 7,264th regular-season game and has played 34 more in the postseason.
The Mets were the only other active big league team without a no-hitter before Johan Santana pitched one against St. Louis in June 2012 during New York's 8,020th regular-season game.
Murphy scored on David Wright's single to tie the score 1-1.
Vic Black (2-3) walked Carlos Quentin on four pitches leading off the ninth, and Alexi Amarista bunted, with pinch-runner Cameron Maybin advancing to second and Amarista reaching when the ball went through Black's legs for an error.
Chase Headley grounded into a 4-3-6 double play as Maybin reached third. Josh Edgin relieved, and the pitcher tumbled to the ground when he came off the mound to field Smith's bouncer between the mound and first. Edgin dropped the ball, picked it up and then shoveled it to first too late to catch Smith as Maybin came across the plate.
Joaquin Benoit (4-2), San Diego's fourth pitcher, threw a perfect ninth for the win.
New York scored one run in the last 18 innings of the series and has lost two in a row following a 9-2 spurt.
Despaigne, a 27-year-old Cuban right-hander signed as a minor league free agent on May 2, allowed one run and two hits in 7 2-3 innings with five strikeouts and three walks. He threw 123 pitches and lowered his ERA to 1.31.
His was the longest no-hit bid by a single Padres pitcher since Sept. 7, 2008, when Chris Young allowed a two-out home run in the eighth to Milwaukee's Gabe Kapler.
Yasmani Grandal homered in the fourth off Zack Wheeler, who allowed one run and eight hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and a walk.
NOTES: Mets manager Terry Collins said RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka could step in if LHP Jon Niese's start is cut short in Seattle on Monday. With Neise's return from the DL, Matsuzaka will work out of the bullpen but is available for a spot start. ... Collins said OF Bobby Abreu started on Sunday to prepare him for the DH role in Seattle. Abreu is 0 for 18 as a pinch hitter. ... Padres SS Everth Cabrera (strained left hamstring) is to play Monday with Triple A El Paso. ... RHP Andrew Cashner (right shoulder strain) threw again on the side but will rest on Monday. ... Niese (5-4, 2.96) faces Mariners LHP Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54) on Monday. Padres LHP Eric Stults (3-11, 4.98) goes against Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.00) on Tuesday in Chicago.