Arizona's Edwin Jackson throws 149-pitch no-hitter
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. -- Edwin Jackson overcame a wild start to throw the fourth no-hitter in the season of the pitcher, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Jackson threw a whopping 149 pitches -- a season high -- and walked eight, all but one in the first three innings, in the second no-hitter in Diamondbacks history. Arizona had relievers warming up from the sixth inning on.
"I didn't pay attention to the pitch count at the end; I didn't want it on my mind," Jackson said.
This is the third time the Rays have been no-hit since last July, including Dallas Braden's perfect game at Oakland on May 9.
Colorado's Ubaldo Jim?nez no-hit Atlanta on April 17 and Philadelphia's Roy Halladay tossed a perfect game at Florida on May 29. Also, on June 2, Detroit's Armando Galarraga pitched 8 2/3 innings of a perfect game against Cleveland.
Jason Bartlett grounded to shortstop for the final out and Jackson's teammates mobbed him on the field. He was hit with a pie in the face by a teammate during an on-field interview.
Adam LaRoche homered off Jeff Niemann with one out in the second, all the support Jackson would need.
Jackson walked the bases loaded in the third but was bailed out by a stellar play by third baseman Mark Reynolds, who spun around to throw out Ben Zobrist at home plate. Hank Blalock grounded out to end the inning.