NEW YORK, JULY 12 -- Melido Perez matched a record and his brother.
Perez pitched the record-tying seventh no-hitter of the season tonight as the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees, 8-0, in a game shortened by rain to six innings.
Perez's no-hitter, which matched the record set in 1908 and tied in 1917, was the record sixth in the American League this season and the first shortened by rain since Sept. 24, 1988. That's when his brother Pascual, who was watching tonight from the Yankees dugout, threw one over five innings for Montreal against Philadelphia.
"I didn't think about it at first, but then I remembered when my brother threw a no-hitter in the rain," Perez said. "I started to think, 'That might happen to me too.' "
It was only the second time brothers have pitched no-hitters in the majors. Ken and Bob Forsch also accomplished the feat.
Ken pitched one on April 7, 1979, for Houston against Atlanta and Bob threw two for St. Louis -- April 16, 1978, and Sept. 26, 1983.
"I'm happy because I got my first no-hitter and because my brother was here," Melido said.
Pascual, who hasn't pitched since April 25 because of arm problems, was equally elated even though his team lost.
"What can I say? I'm happy," he said. "I know we lost but he's my brother. He would have been rooting for me if I was throwing it."
Andy Hawkins, the Yankees starter, pitched the sixth no-hitter of 1990 when he held the White Sox hitless on July 1 at Comiskey Park. Hawkins (1-7) lost that game, 4-0, when Chicago scored four runs in the eighth inning on two walks and three errors. "It's strange, all these no-hitters," Hawkins said. "But just because I was on the mound having one thrown against us doesn't make any difference to me. I just wasn't very good tonight."
Melido Perez, 24, a right-hander in his third major league season, struck out eight and walked four. The closest the Yankees came to a hit was with two outs in the fifth inning, when Alvaro Espinoza hit a high drive to right-center field. Center fielder Lance Johnson made a running, one-handed catch.
"Espinoza hit the ball good and we were playing him shallow," Perez said. "Lance made a good play and when I saw he caught it, I knew the no-hitter was still there."
Perez came into the game with a 7-7 record and a 3.88 ERA. His previous low-hit game was a two-hitter against California on Sept. 15, 1989.
With one out in the top of the seventh inning, Dan Pasqua doubled. Home plate umpire Tim Tschida ordered the field to be covered as the rain picked up. The game was called after a 1-hour 3-minute wait. "It bothers me a little, because I think I could have gone all the way," Perez said. "But it is, still, a no-hitter."
Of 17,586 who showed up for the game, few remained during the rain delay. A stready stream of cars left the Yankee Stadium parking lots once the game was delayed.
Pascual Perez said he was hoping his brother could throw the no-hitter. But after experiencing Hawkins's losing no-hitter, he wouldn't take anything for granted.
"I just knew he was throwing hard and pitching well," Pascual said. "But you got to be lucky, man."