Ex-Ray Edwin Jackson throws no-hitter against Tampa Bay
Diamondbacks RHP Edwin Jackson, an ex-Ray, threw his first career no-hitter against his former team Friday night, beating the Rays 1-0 at Tropicana Field.
Jackson becomes the fourth pitcher this season to throw a no-hitter, two of which coming against the Rays (the A's Dallas Braden threw a perfect game against Tampa Bay May 9). That makes the Rays the first team since the 2001 Padres to be on the other end of a no-hitter twice in one season (they were no-hit by the Cardinals' Bud Smith on Sept 3 and the Marlins' A.J. Burnett May 12).
Jackson's outing, which included a career-high 149 pitches, was a roller-coaster. He walked seven of the first 13 batters he faced, getting out of a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the third. He got better as the game wore on, retiring 15 of 17 batters heading into the ninth inning.
In the ninth, Jackson struck out B.J. Upton, got Hank Blalock to fly out to left. And after walking pinch-hitter Willy Aybar, Jackson got Jason Bartlett to ground out to shortstop. He leaped in the air and was mobbed by teammates.
Jackson's finished with eight walks, six strikeouts; his previous career high in pitches was 132 (May 21, 2009 over eight innings). He became the second pitcher in Diamondbacks history to throw a no-hitter, with Randy Johnson throwing a perfect game May 18, 2004.
Jackson spent four seasons with the Rays, and after tying a club-record with 14 wins in 2008, he was traded to the Tigers for OF Matt Joyce. He was an All-Star in 2009, and was acquired by the Diamondbacks in the offseason.