Matt Garza pitches 1st no-hitter in Rays history

Matt Garza pitches 1st no-hitter in Rays history

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Garza (center without hat), celebrates his no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Detroit Tigers in St. Petersburg, Fla., Monday, July 26, 2010.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on July 26, 2010 at 8:26 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -  Matt Garza has tossed the fifth no-hitter of the baseball season and the first in Tampa Bay Rays' history.

Garza allowed only a one-out walk in the second inning and faced the minimum 27 batters, retiring Ramon Santiago on a flyout to right to end his 120-pitch gem in the Rays' 5-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Garza said "it was one of those days when everything lined up" for the 26-year-old right-hander. Garza struck out six and improved to 11-and-5 on the season.

Matt Joyce lined a grand slam with two out in the sixth inning for the first hit off Detroit starter Max Scherzer as he and Garza had dueling no-hitter for awhile.

The Rays have been held hitless three times since last July, including a pair of perfect games that were thrown against them.

According to STATS LLC, 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.

The other no-hitters this year were thrown by Arizona's Edwin Jackson, Philadelphia's Roy Halladay, Oakland's Dallas Braden and Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez. Halladay and Braden threw perfect games.
 

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