Matt Garza Gives Rays 1st No-Hitter

The Year of the Pitcher continued in the MLB on Monday with Tampa Bay Rays ace Matt Garza becoming the fifth pitcher to score a no-hitter this season in a 5-0 victory against the Detroit Tigers.

Garza faced the minimum 27 batters in giving the Rays their first no-hitter, leaving the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets as the only teams not to have at least one no-hitter in their history. Garza completed the historic feat when Ben Zobrist caught an easy fly ball by pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago in the ninth inning. The only blemish on Garza’s night was a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch.

Garza now joins Arizona’s Edwin Jackson, Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez, Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay, and Oakland’s Dallas Braden as the pitchers to score at least a no-hitter this season. Halladay and Braden were credited with perfect games. It was also the third time that the Rays were involved in a no-hitter contest. Braden got his perfect game against the Rays on May 9, while Jackson recorded his no-hitter against Tampa on June 26.