SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Mets arrived in San Diego on an 8-2 run, refreshed from the All-Star break and then won their series opener against the Padres.
New York heads for Seattle with a two-game losing streak and one run in its last 18 innings.
"We just didn't swing the bats," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You credit the job that kid did."
Odrisamer Despaigne came within four outs of the first no-hitter in San Diego's 46-year major league history on Sunday, and the Padres beat the New York Mets 2-1 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.
"I thought I threw him a pretty good pitch," Despaigne said through Grandal, who served as his translator. "I did great with all my pitches, attacking after getting the first strike."
It was a 63 mph strike to Bobby Abreu which gave the befuddled Mets some comic relief. Abreu was annoyed by the lack of speed in Despaigne's curveball and playfully decided to complain to plate umpire Chris Guccione.
"It was the highlight of the day," Grandal said. "He looked back at the umpire and said we were cheating, and the umpire started laughing."
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.
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.
"You just don't see stuff at this level that's that offspeed," Collins said. "You're locating at 13, 14 miles an hour difference on a good changeup. It could be 20 miles an hour on that curveball. and it's just tough to adjust."
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