Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds threw the seventh no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season, allowing only two baserunners in a 1-0 victory at the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bailey, who struck out 10 to tie his career high, got Alex Presley on a pop fly to second base to end the game and become the first Reds pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Tom Browning had a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988.
The only Pirates to reach base came on an error by third baseman Scott Rolen in the third inning and a walk to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh.
“I just kept trying to put up zeroes,” Bailey said in a televised interview. “Just one pitch at a time.”
Bailey, 26, is 13-10 this season for the Reds, who already have clinched the National League Central division title. It was the 15th no-hitter in Reds history and the first against the Pirates since Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals held them hitless in 1971.
There have been three other no-hitters and three perfect games in the major leagues this season.
The three perfect games were by Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners, Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants and Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox. The other no-hitters were by Johan Santana of the New York Mets, Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels and a combined no-hitter by Kevin Millwood and five Mariners relievers.