PHILADELPHIA (AP) ― Josh Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his stellar career and the first in the majors this season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on Sunday.
Beckett struck out six, walked three and didn’t come close to allowing a hit against a lineup that included two former NL MVPs and four former All-Stars.
“I don’t think I had no-hit stuff,” he said. “I just really kept them guessing.”
The 34-year-old right-hander, whose career was almost derailed last year by a nerve condition that left him unable to feel his fingertips, threw 128 pitches and fanned Chase Utley on a called strike three to end the game.
|Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett (center) celebrates his no-hitter with teammates on Sunday. (AP-Yonhap)|
Beckett mixed a sharp fastball with a slow, deceptive curve that kept hitters off-balance. He pitched the Dodgers’ first no-hitter since Hideo Nomo beat Colorado at Coors Field in 1996, and the 21st in franchise history. Sandy Koufax threw four.
Beckett pitched the first no-hitter in the majors since Miami’s Henderson Alvarez did it against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 season.
Beckett also became the first visiting pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Philadelphia since Montreal’s Bill Stoneman stopped the Phillies on April 17, 1969, at Connie Mack Stadium.
All of the defensive plays behind Beckett were routine. Domonic Brown had the hardest out, a liner that left fielder Carl Crawford ran down near the warning track in the fifth.
Toronto 3, Oakland 1
Texas 12, Detroit 4
Milwaukee 7, Miami 1
Arizona 2, NY Mets 1
Baltimore 4, Cleveland 2
Washington 5, Pittsburgh 2
Tampa Bay 8, Boston 5
NY Yankees 7, Chicago White Sox 1
LA Angels 4, Kansas City 3
San Francisco 8, Minnesota 1
Houston 4, Seattle 1
San Diego 4, Chicago Cubs 3
NY Mets 4, Arizona 2
Atlanta 7, Colorado 0
St. Louis 4, Cincinnati 0