The simplest smudges upset him, so of course Matt Harvey found it hard to watch a seventh-inning dribbler shatter his no-hit bid Tuesday afternoon.

But Lucas Duda, the team's new first baseman, was even more upset than Harvey.

"I feel terrible about it," Duda said after the Mets beat the Braves in the opening game.

On the play in question, Jason Heyward, a right fielder who was born in Ridgewood, bounced a ball down the first base line. Harvey raced to his left. Duda charged forward.

Harvey got to the ball first. He scooped it up and rushed an underhand throw to first base.

The problem? Nobody was standing on first base.

Harvey squashed the threat, erasing Heyward on a strike-'em-out-throw-'em-out double play. But the damage was done. The no-hit bid was destroyed.