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Julio Teheran loses his no-hitter with two out in the seventh

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UPDATE: In the seventh, Teheran got Jay Bruce to pop out, struck out Yoenis Cespedes and then . . . Asdrubal Cabrera golfed a clean double down the right field line. Oh well. The game is still pretty fun. At least if you’re not a Mets fan.

3:04 PM: I’m watching the dang game and I didn’t realize until a few moments ago, but Braves starter Julio Teheran is no-hitting the New York Mets through six innings of their game at Citi Field this afternoon.

The reason I didn’t notice it was because I’m still reeling from the murder spree I’ve been witnessing this afternoon. The murder is of the Mets pitching staff by the Braves hitters. As I type this it’s 11-0 in the top of the seventh. Kurt Suzuki, Ronald Acuña, and Ozzie Albies all have homers and Nick Markakis is 3-for-3 with three RBI. It’s been like batting practice. They just chased Matt Harvey, who gave up five runs in two innings of work. Part of me wonders if that’s the last work Harvey ever gets as a Met.

As for Teheran, he’s only at 71 pitches though sixth and has walked only one guy and has struck out five. We’ll keep you posted.

Nationals sign George Kontos to minors deal

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The Nationals selected the contract of reliever George Kontos from the Atlantic League Long Island Ducks, per an official announcement on Saturday. The right-hander has been assigned to Triple-A Fresno, but could still make his season debut sometime before the first half of the season draws to a close.

Kontos, 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since he took a handful of back-to-back-to-back gigs with the Pirates, Indians, and Yankees in 2018. He inked a minor league pact with the Cubs over the offseason, but failed to break camp with the team and was subsequently released in mid-April. He turned in seven strong innings for the Ducks since then, allowing one run and one walk and striking out six of 27 batters in six appearances.

Last year, the veteran reliever posted a combined 4.39 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.1 SO/9 over 26 2/3 innings. While he hasn’t pitched anywhere close to his career-best numbers in four years, he may still provide some valuable depth for the club, whose bullpen ranks 10th best in the league with a cumulative 4.59 ERA and 5.9 fWAR so far in 2019.