ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - 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 major league high - and
walked eight, all but one in the first three innings, in the second
no-hitter in Diamondbacks' history.
"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 Jimenez no-hit Atlanta on April 17 and
Philadelphia's Roy Halladay tossed a perfect game at Florida on May
29. Armando Galarraga had his perfect game ended with two outs in
the ninth on a blown call by umpire Jim Joyce.
Jason Bartlett grounded to shortstop Stephen Drew for the final
out and Jackson's teammates mobbed him on the field after the
improbable feat. Jackson improved his career record to 43-45 in
eight seasons. He was an All-Star last year for Detroit before
being traded to Arizona in the offseason in a three-team trade with
the Yankees that included Curtis Granderson.
Jackson was hit with a pie in the face by a teammate as he was
doing an on-field interview.
"It was definitely a great feeling, especially after those
first few innings," Jackson said.
Adam LaRoche homered off Jeff Niemann (6-2) with one out in the
second, all the support Jackson would need.
Jackson (5-6) 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
then grounded out to end the inning.
Reynolds made another big play on a sharp line drive by Bartlett
in the seventh. Earlier in the at-bat Bartlett hit a dribbler that
hung close to the third base line before rolling foul in front of
In the eighth, Miguel Montero threw out pinch-runner Carl
Crawford trying to steal second after Carlos Pena reached on an
error by Drew.
Jackson was so wild and the pitch count unusually high that the
Diamondbacks had relievers warming up from the sixth inning on.
No one has thrown that many pitches in a nine-inning game since
June 3, 2005, when Washington's Livan Hernandez threw 150 against
Jackson pitched for the Rays from 2006-08. His only other
shutout in 126 career starts came for Tampa Bay in 2007.
"To be able to come back and give the crowd I used to play for
something to see. Today is just a special day. Something I'll never
forget," Jackson said.