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Garza has Rays first no-hitter

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Rays pitcher Matt Garza threw the first no-hitter in franchise history on Monday, blanking the Detroit Tigers.

Garza got pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago to fly out to right for the final out. Ben Zobrist squeezed the final out, and the Rays surrounded Garza for a playoffs-clinching worthy celebration. The Rays won the game 5-0.

No Ray had thrown more than 7 2/3 innings of no-hit ball previously, Tony Saunders in 1999 and Dewon Brazelton in 2004.

Garza faced the minimum 27 hitters, with several excellent defensive plays behind him. 3B Evan Longoria started a double play to erase the one runner Garza allowed, a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch. Zobrist made a tremendous running catch to end the third, and CF B.J. Upton ran down several deep drives in center.

The Rays had been on the wrong end of two hitters this season, by Oakland's Dallas Braden, a perfect game, and by ex-Ray Edwin Jackonm who had been traded for Matt Joyce, who hit a grand slam on Monday. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 12:15am]

    

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