The last two no-hitters in Major League Baseball belong to the same right-hander, Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey. He threw the last no-no in 2012, and the first of 2013 last night as he notched his second career no-hitter, becoming only the seventh pitcher in Major League Baseball’s history to secure back-to-back year no-no’s. Bailey struck out nine and needed 109 pitches to lead the Cinncinati Reds to a 3-0 shutout of San Francisco.
The 27-year-old was flirting with a perfect game until Gregor Blanco walked leading off the seventh- the sole Giants baserunner allowed by Bailey (5-6), who now joins Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer as the only Reds to toss two no-hitters.
The first one came in Pittsburgh last September 28 and his second would come 17 starts later. The final out of the game came as first baseman Joey Votto threw out Blanco as he tried to reach third on a grounder. In front of a crowd of 27,509 fans, Baliey says it was a great finish.
Also in the National League, the Atlanta Braves ended the Miami Marlins three game winning streak with the help of Chris Johnson’s tiebreaking two-run, go-ahead double that keyed a four-run sixth inning to advance the Braves over the Marlins 11-3 last night.
Logan Morrison had given the Marlins a 2-0 lead with a first inning two-run homer. The Braves slowly chipped away at that lead and the game was tied at 3 before the Braves opened the sixth with three straight hits off Dan Jennings, loading the bases. Ryan Webb, entering with no outs, quickly went to work and took down Dan Uggla and Reed Johnson. Johnson then gave Atlanta the lead with a double that skipped past Morrison.
Jordan Schafer added a pinch-hit, run-scoring single. Andrelton Simmons added an infield RBI single to cap the inning.
Justin Upton and Brian McCann each had three hits apiece for the Braves, performances Marlins manager Mike Redmond says helped Atlanta secure the game.
The Marlins committed two errors and had chances to add on runs in the second and third innings, but left runners stranded on third. Redmond says the Marlins played sluggish all around.
Kris Medlen (6-7) got the win for Atlanta, giving up three runs, nine hits, and two walks in six innings. The NL East-leading Braves locked in their fourth consecutive win.
In the American League last night, AL Cy Young Award winner David Price made his return from the disabled list, pitching a three-hitter while striking out 10 over seven scoreless innings as the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Houston Astros 8-0. The left-hander last pitched on May 15, missing the last 44 games with a left triceps strain. But, allowing a season-low for hits and throwing just 70 pitches, Price says his command of the mound was at a personal best.
Price received strong backing from Desmond Jennings, who homered and drove in four runs, with three hits on the night. Evan Longoria also returned to the Rays lineup after missing three straight games with an injury. He went 2 for 4.