SAN DIEGO — 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.
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.
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.
Cameron Maybin scored the winning run in the ninth when Mets reliever Josh Edgin tumbled to the ground 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.