PITTSBURGH — Homer Bailey had a certain milestone on his mind when he walked to the mound Friday. He wound up pulling off a bigger feat.
Bailey pitched the seventh no-hitter in the majors this season, leading the Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Pirates.
The right-hander began the night with 195 innings this season and was eager to reach 200 for the first time in his six-year career.
"I looked up at the scoreboard (after the fifth) to see if I had hit 200 and saw a couple of zeros," Bailey said. "That's when I knew I had a chance at a no-hitter. It's not something you think about doing."
The seven major-league no-hitters match the modern record for one season, tying 1990 and 1991. There were eight no-hitters in 1884.
"I don't think there is any reason why there have been so many," Bailey said. "There is a real fine line there in throwing a no-hitter. A bloop can fall in the outfield or an infielder can be in the wrong position and there goes your hit."
It was the 15th no-hitter in Reds history and first since Tom Browning's perfect game against the Dodgers on Sept. 16, 1988.
Bailey struck out 10 and walked one. He threw 115 pitches and retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out Brock Holt before getting Michael McKenry and Alex Presley to pop out. When second baseman Brandon Phillips caught Presley's popup, Bailey, 26, was mobbed near the mound.
Pittsburgh made its own bit of history as it was assured of a 20th consecutive nonwinning season, extending its major North American professional sports record.