Matt Garza Gives Rays 1st No-Hitter
It's the first such gem in Rays' history
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 27, 2010 7:00 AM CDT
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, July 26, 2010, in St. Petersburg, Fla.    (Mike Carlson)
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(Newser) – The Tampa Bay Rays finally wound up on the right side of a memorable pitching performance. Matt Garza threw the first no-hitter in franchise history and the fifth in the major leagues this season, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-0 last night. "We needed one. I don't care who it came from. We just needed one for our own confidence," Garza said, mindful that the Rays have been held hitless four times in their 13-season history—three times in the past year. "The guys are just as excited as I am. It's fun."

The 26-year-old right-hander faced the minimum 27 batters in his 106th career start, allowing only a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch. For a while, neither team could manage a hit; Max Scherzer didn't give one up until Matt Joyce's sixth-inning grand slam. It's only the third time in major league history that a team has been involved in three no-hitters during one season. The 1917 St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox were involved in three—all against each other.