Kevin Millwood and five relievers of the Seattle Mariners combined to pitch the fourth no-hitter of the season in a 1-0 win over the Major League Baseball-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Those guys got all the tough outs,” said Millwood who pitched six innings. “First six, it is what it is. I’ve seen a lot of people do that. From seven, eight, nine -- those guys got all those outs and that was special to see.”
Seattle’s third no-hitter in franchise history is the first since Johan Santana of the New York Mets achieved the feat June 1 against the St Louis Cardinals. Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels threw a no-hitter May 2 and Chicago White Sox righthander Philip Humber hurled a perfect game April 22, the 22nd in league history.
The last multi-pitched no-hitter was recorded June 11, 2003, when the Houston Astros used six pitchers for a no-hit 8-0 win over the New York Yankees.
Millwood, who pitched a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1-0 win over San Francisco on April 27, 2003, struck out six and walked one in 68 pitches before limping off the mound after the sixth inning with a groin injury last night at Safeco Field in Seattle.
‘Block It Out’
When Millwood couldn’t return for the seventh inning, he was relieved by Charlie Furbush who struck out one in 2/3 inning. Stephen Pryor (1-0) got the win after walking two and striking out one in a third of an inning.
Lucas Leutge and Brandon League pitched the eighth inning, and Tom Wilhelmsen closed the game with a perfect ninth inning for his third save.
“I just tried to block it out, stay within myself and execute pitches,” Wilhelmsen said. “How tremendous was that, man?”
Kyle Seager hit a one-run single in the seventh for the Mariners’ only score off Scott Elbert (0-1), who gave up two hits and one run while striking out two.
“That was unbelievable. I’ve never been a part of anything like that with that many guys coming in and keeping the no- hitter intact,” Seager told reporters.
The Mariners (27-33) are third in the four-team American League West, 7 ½ games behind the Texas Rangers. The Dodgers, with the best record in the league at 37-22 lead the National League West.
The Mariners’ previous no-hitters were thrown by Chris Bosio in a 2-0 game over Boston on April 22, 1993, and Randy Johnson in a 2-0 shutout against Detroit on June 2, 1990.
Roy Halladay pitched the last perfect game in the National League, a 1-0 win for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2011. Dallas Braden achieved the feat in the American League 20 days before Halladay in a 4-0 win for the Oakland Athletics against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ervin Santana on July 27, 2011, pitched the third and final no-hitter last season as the visiting Los Angeles Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1.
Texas Rangers President and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan holds the major league record with seven no-hitters.
The San Diego Padres are the only major league team never to have had a no-hitter.
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