NEW YORK -- The New York Mets flirted with a combined no-hitter in Game No. 162 and headed into the postseason on a high note by notching their 90th win.
Curtis Granderson broke a scoreless tie with a one-out solo homer in the eighth against Blake Treinen and the Mets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory against the Washington Nationals in the regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon.
Finally given an opportunity, Jeurys Familia earned his 43rd save with a scoreless ninth. That matches Armando Benitez’s 2001 total for the franchise single-season record.
Still, the offense is in a rut entering a division series in which they will face Los Angeles Dodgers co-aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. The Amazin's scored two runs in their final 43 innings of the regular season.
A day after getting no-hit by Nationals ace Max Scherzer, the Mets took their own bid into the seventh inning. Clint Robinson finally broke it up with two-out smash up the middle against Jonathon Niese, the Mets’ fourth pitcher of the afternoon. The shot, which had an exit velocity off the bat of 110 mph, ricocheted off shortstop Ruben Tejada’s left leg and into the outfield and was properly ruled a hit by the official scorer.
In his final tune-up for a Game 1 start in the division series, Jacob deGrom held the Nationals hitless for four innings before departing a scoreless tie with his pitch count at 72. Bartolo Colon and Logan Verrett followed with no-hit frames before Niese entered for the seventh.
There have been two “revenge” no-hitters in major league history — with the team no-hit one day turning the tables the following day, according to NoNoHitters.com. In 1968, San Francisco’s Gaylord Perry no-hit the Cardinals on Sept. 17. The next day, St. Louis’ Ray Washburn no-hit the Giants. In 1969, Cincinnati’s Jim Maloney no-hit the Astros on April 30. The next day, Houston’s Don Wilson no-hit the Reds.
The major league record for most pitchers used in a combined no-hitter (since 1914) is six — by Houston against the Yankees in 2003 and by Seattle against the Dodgers in 2012.
DeGrom finished his sophomore season with a 14-8 record and 2.54 ERA. He had 205 strikeouts in 191 innings. He became the 11th pitcher in franchise history to reach the 200-strikeout plateau, and the first since R.A. Dickey had 230 in 2012. The only pitchers in Mets history with multiple seasons reaching that threshold are Tom Seaver (nine times), David Cone (four) and Dwight Gooden (four).
The Mets drew a paid attendance of 2,569,753 this season Citi Field. That’s the largest season total since 2009, when the Amazin’s drew 3,168,571 in the ballpark’s inaugural season.
What’s next: The Mets enter their first postseason since 2006. DeGrom is expected to oppose Kershaw in Game 1 of their division series at Dodger Stadium on Friday. The Amazin’s will hold late-morning workouts at Citi Field on Tuesday and Wednesday before flying to the West Coast.