Seattle Mariners throw a combined no-hitter

The Seattle Mariners threw a combined no-hitter in their 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, just a week after Johan Santana no-hit the Cardinals at Citi Field for the first no-no in Mets history. The combined no-hitter is the first since the Houston Astros no-hit the Yankees on June 11, 2003 in a game started by Roy Oswalt, who left after one inning.

Tonight's no-hitter was started by Kevin Millwood, who left after the sixth inning with soreness in his right groin. It's Millwood's second career no-hitter, with the first coming on April 27, 2003 when he was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. The relievers to follow Millwood in tonight's game were Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, and Tom Wilhelmson. 

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As what seemingly happens in all no-hitters, the Mariners were aided by a fortunate call. Charlie Furbush threw a ball away on a hit by Elian Herrera in the seventh inning, and the play was ruled a two-base error on Furbush as opposed to a hit and a one-base error. In the ninth, Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan nailed Dee Gordon by half a step at first base on a weak-hit grounder. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly argued the call to no avail.

The combined no-hitter is just the third in Mariners history, following Randy Johnson's first no-hitter in 1990 and Chris Bosio's gem in 1993. Oddly enough, the Mariners were on the other end of this situation just seven weeks ago, when Philip Humber threw a perfect game against Seattle. This was also the fourth no-hitter in the last three seasons to end with a 1-0 score, following Roy Halladay's perfect game against the Marlins in 2010, Edwin Jackson's interleague no-hitter against the Rays in 2010, and Francisco Liriano's 2011 no-hitter against the White Sox. 

This is also the fifth no-hitter to take place in interleague play, with the last one being the aforementioned Jackson no-hitter against the Rays. Perhaps ironically, the last combined no-hitter was also an interleague matchup.The six pitchers ued in a no-hitter ties the record set in the 2003 Astros no-hitter as well.

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Joe is the managing editor of The Outside Corner and a contributing author at Awful Announcing. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is stuck somewhere between tolerating and hating Pittsburgh and Philadelphia sports.

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