Arizona's Jackson Beats Rays in Fourth No-Hitter of MLB Season
(Corrects number of pitches thrown through eight innings in second paragraph of story that moved June 25.)
Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Edwin Jackson pitched the Major League Baseball season’s fourth no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over his former teammates, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Jackson, who improved to 5-6 this season, said manager A.J. Hinch made a “pretty controversial move” in allowing him to go back out for the ninth inning when he had already thrown 134 pitches. Jackson walked eight Rays batters and struck out six in an outing of 149 pitches, including 79 strikes.
“I told him I wasn’t coming out until I got a home run or a hit,” Jackson, 26, said in a televised interview at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Adam LaRoche hit a home run for Arizona (29-45) in the second inning off losing Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann (6-2), who gave up six hits and two walks and struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings. It was the second no-hit loss by the Rays this year.
Jackson’s no-hitter was the second in Diamondbacks history. Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves in a 2-0 Arizona win on May 18, 2004.
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched the first no-hitter of the season on April 17 as the Colorado Rockies beat the Braves 4-0. Oakland’s Dallas Braden threw a perfect game in the Athletics 4-0 win over the Rays on May 9, followed by a second perfect game from Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay in a 1-0 Phillies victory over the Florida Marlins on May 29.