Garza throws Rays’ 1st no-hit­ter, the 5th in big leagues this sea­son

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Fred Goodall

Mil­wau­kee 3, Cincin­nati 2: Pinch-hit­ter Jim Ed­monds home­red with two outs in the eighth in­ning af­ter just missing a go-ahead shot on the pre­vi­ous pitch, and the Brew­ers ral­lied to beat the Reds. Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the third as Mil­wau­kee won its fifth straight to match a sea­sonbest streak af­ter trail­ing 2-0 early.

Ed­monds hit a big blast off a fast­ball from Bron­son Ar­royo (10-6), drop­ping the bat only to watch his shot sail foul. He sent the next pitch over the Reds’ bullpen in right-cen­ter field.

Brad Lidge es­caped an­other bases-loaded jam in the ninth in­ning and the Phillies held off the Rock­ies to com­plete a four-game sweep. Backup catcher Brian Schneider’s two-run triple sent the Phils to­ward their fifth straight win.

ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays fi­nally wound up on the right side of a mem­o­rable pitch­ing per­for­mance.

Matt Garza threw the first no-hit­ter in fran­chise his­tory and the fifth in the ma­jor leagues this sea­son, beat­ing the Detroit Tigers 5-0 Mon­day night.

The right-han­der faced the min­i­mum 27 bat­ters, al­low­ing only a sec­ondin­ning walk to Bren­nan Boesch, for a team that’s of­ten been on the wrong end of no-hit­ters lately. The Rays have been held hit­less three times since last July, in­clud­ing a pair of per­fect games.

“It was one of those days where ev­ery­thing lined up,” Garza, 26, said. “The de­fense made great plays. I re­ally can’t say enough about them.”

Garza (11-5) was the lat­est to en­hance the Year of the Pitcher. The last time there were at least five no-hit­ters in a sea­son was 1991, when Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan threw one of seven in the big leagues that year, ac­cord­ing to STATS LLC.

Garza, the 2008 AL cham­pi­onship se­ries MVP, re­bounded from one of his worst out­ings of the sea­son. He re­tired pinch-hit­ter Ra­mon San­ti­ago for the fi­nal out on an easy fly ball to right fielder Ben Zo­brist, who made a ter­rific run­ning catch in the third to rob Danny Worth.

“That ninth in­ning,” Garza said, “I kept telling my­self, ‘Just fin­ish it, just fin­ish it, just bat­tle, bat­tle. If it’s meant to hap­pen, it’s go­ing to hap­pen.’”

Garza’s team­mates mobbed him near the mound af­ter a per­for­mance that left the New York Mets and San Diego Padres as the only big league teams with­out a no-hit­ter. The Rays be­gan play in 1998 — the Padres in 1969 and Mets in ‘62.

The clos­est Detroit’s lineup came to a hit was Worth’s two-out liner in the third, but Zo­brist made a leap­ing catch above his head as he re­treated to­ward the wall.

“I was able to time it just right for my jump. Caught it right in the end of my glove,” Zo­brist said, smil­ing. “He pitched so great. It’s his day. I felt hon­ored to be part of a game like that.”

Tigers cleanup bat­ter Miguel Cabr­era, who’s bat­ting .347 with 24 homers and 88 RBIs, hit a hard liner to left lead­ing off the eighth. Carl Craw­ford barely had to move to make the play.

The Tigers were no-hit for the first time since Randy John­son shut them down at Seat­tle on June 2, 1990.

Af­ter Boesch walked, he was erased on a dou­ble play.

Garza said his team­mates didn’t leave him off by him­self in the dugout dur­ing the late in­nings. He no­ticed sev­eral of them stand­ing in the same spot, how­ever, ad­her­ing to su­per­sti­tion.

“I rec­og­nized it and didn’t want to look up. I was like, ‘Just keep look­ing down and stay fo­cused and get ready for the next in­ning,’ ” he said.


New York 3, Cleve­land 2: Cur­tis Gran­der­son hit a two-run shot to win the game for the Yan­kees. Gran­der­son con­nected with one out off Jake West­brook (6-7), who held Alex Ro­driguez hit­less in three at-bats and was cling­ing to a 2-1 lead. A-Rod, chas­ing his 600th homer, popped out to first against re­liever Chris Perez in the ninth to fin­ish an 0 for 4 night.

Shin-Soo Choo put Cleve­land ahead 2-1 in the sixth with an RBI dou­ble off Javier Vasquez (9-7). Travis Hafner hit a solo homer in the sec­ond. It was the des­ig­nated hit­ter’s fifth straight hit.

Round Rock’s John Danks pitched eight solid in­nings to win his fourth con­sec­u­tive start. Danks (11-7) al­lowed a run and six hits, im­prov­ing to 7-2 with a 2.83 ERA in his last nine out­ings. The left-han­der is 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in three starts against the Mariners this sea­son. Juan Pierre and Alexei Ramirez each had three hits for the White Sox, who lead the AL Cen­tral.

Joe Mauer had five hits and a ca­reer-best seven RBIs and Danny Va­len­cia went 4 for 4 with a grand slam for his first ma­jor league home run. Mauer, the 2009 AL MVP, was 5 for 5 with three sin­gles, a dou­ble and a three-run home run that made it 17-0 in the sev­enth. The five hits tied his ca­reer best. The Twins had a sea­son-high 20.

Jose Bautista hit his ma­jor league-lead­ing 28th home run, Aaron Hill and Adam Lind also con­nected and the Blue Jays pock­eted their 10th straight win over the Ori­oles.

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