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