MLB Wrap: Homer Bailey hurls no-hitter

MLB Wrap: Homer Bailey hurls no-hitter
July 2, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Homer Baily threw his second no-hitter in 10 months and became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter. (AP)

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The Phillies used six relievers to toss 3 1/3 scoreless innings and end the Pirates' nine-game winning streak Tuesday (see Instant Replay).

Before the game, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Kyle Kendrick won't have to miss a start after suffering a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers (see story).

Carlos Zambrano won't be getting called up to help the big club anytime soon -- he's out for at least a month with a Grade I lat strain (see story).

Here's a wrap of Tuesday's action around the majors:

Bailey tosses second no-no
CINCINNATI -- Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the slumping San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

Bailey became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer -- still the only big leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later.

The last pitcher to throw one no-hitter and then another before anyone else in the majors accomplished the feat was Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, according to STATS.

Baseball's career strikeout king did it for the California Angels on Sept. 28, 1974, against Minnesota, and June 1, 1975, vs. Baltimore.

Bailey walked Gregor Blanco leading off the seventh, the only Giants batter to reach base. First baseman Joey Votto threw out Blanco as he tried to advance from second to third on a grounder.

With 27,509 fans on their feet chanting "Homer! Homer!" Bailey finished it off by getting Brandon Crawford on a high comebacker, striking out Tony Abreu and retiring Blanco on a grounder to third baseman Todd Frazier. (See full recap.)

Lackey leads Sox to 4-1 win
BOSTON -- Brandon Snyder hit a bases-loaded double and John Lackey struck out six over eight strong innings for the Boston Red Sox in a 4-1 win over the slumping San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Lackey scattered six hits and walked just one while moving above .500 for the first time since late in 2011. Lackey has won four straight decisions and appears well-healed from the right biceps strain that put him on the disabled list after his first start.

The only run Lackey allowed was a solo homer by Jesus Guzman in the seventh.

Koji Uehara replaced Lackey in the ninth and struck out two, earning his fifth save for the Red Sox, who improved to 6-1 during a nine-game homestand. (See full recap.)

Torii Hunter propels Tigers
TORONTO -- Torii Hunter drove in the tiebreaking run with a two-out infield single in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-6, on Tuesday.

Hunter had four singles and Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run home run, his 26th, as the Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak.

Colby Rasmus homered and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays, who failed to extend their seven-game home winning streak.

Omar Infante singled off Neil Wagner to begin the eighth, moving to second on Alex Avila's sacrifice bunt and taking third on Austin Jackson's deep fly ball. Hunter followed with a comebacker that bounced off Wagner and rolled to shortstop Jose Reyes, whose throw to first was too late to get Hunter. (See full recap.)

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