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The Mets Lost A No-Hitter In The Dumbest Possible Way

Poor Matt Harvey.

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Rookie phenom Matt Harvey was cruising in Atlanta this afternoon, striking out Braves left and right.

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Harvey's ninth strikeout? Filthy, and he still hadn't allowed a hit.

No. 10 was a knee-buckling palm-sweater.

Harvey's 11th strikeout was heavenly, as Jordan Schafer couldn't check his swing in time.

On his 87th pitch, Harvey recorded his 12th strikeout. Still, no hits allowed! Could he actually become the second Mets pitcher to ever throw a no-no?

Ha, well, this is the Mets we're talking about, who do things like get called for balks when the ball falls out of their pitcher's glove, so you can see where we're headed here.

The next batter, Jason Heyward, led off the seventh with a dribbler back to the mound. Guess who covered first base? Nobody! ADIOS, NO HITTER.

About the most entertaining part of this sequence is umpire's Eric Cooper's desperation to avoid the play at any and all costs.

The Mets were actually able to get Harvey the win (his first since May 17) when, sometime between the 7th and 9th innings, they figured out a way to get a guy to cover first.

2013 Mets baseball: it's kind of like real baseball.