NEW YORK – New York Mets: starter: Tylor Megill: and four relievers combined on the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season, teaming up to throw a whopping 159 pitches and beat the Philadelphia Phillies: 3-0 Friday night.
Megill was pulled after five innings and 88 pitches. The bullpen took over from there, with: Drew Smith:, Joely Rodriguez:, Seth Lugo: and: Edwin Diaz: completing the second no-hitter in Mets history.
With the crowd of 32,416 standing and chanting “Let’s go, Mets, ” Diaz finished it off in style, striking out Bryce Harper:, Nick Castellanos: and: JT Realmuto: in the ninth – all of them swinging. Mets pitchers combined to fan 13 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 this was their 9,499th regular-season game.
The Mets poured on to the field and mobbed Diaz after the final out as a graphic picturing the five pitchers with the words “BLACK OUT ” showed on the scoreboard.
There have been 16 combined no-hitters in MLB history, eight of which have come over the past 20 seasons. The last three have all been by National League teams (Chicago Cubs: on June 24, 2021, at: Los Angeles Dodgers:, Milwaukee Brewers: on Sept. 11, 2021, at Cleveland, and Mets on Friday vs. Phillies).
A year ago, there were a record nine no-hitters in the majors.
Last weekend, six: Tampa Bay Rays: pitchers combined to carry a no-hit bid into the 10th inning of a scoreless game against the: Boston Red Sox:. The Red Sox broke up the no-hitter and scored twice in the top of the 10th but the Rays came back to win 3-2. By official MLB rules, it did not count as a no-hitter because Rays pitchers did not end the game allowing no hits.
This was the first no-hitter against the Phillies since Josh Beckett pitched one for the Dodgers in 2014.
Megill (4-0) struck out five and walked three in his 23rd major league start. Smith got four outs, Rodriguez got three and Lugo recorded the last two outs in the eighth before Diaz took over.
ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.