Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma Records This Season’s 4th No-Hitter


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Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma struck out seven and walked three against the Orioles.

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Hisashi Iwakuma became the second pitcher born in Japan to throw a no-hitter in the major leagues, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.

Iwakuma struck out seven and walked three. It was the fourth no-hitter this season and the first by an American League pitcher in nearly three years. Hideo Nomo threw two no-hitters in the major leagues after starting his career in his home country of Japan.

“I was aware of it obviously, but I felt it real deep in my heart in the ninth inning,” Iwakuma said through an interpreter. “Just focusing on one hitter at a time, and I’m glad I got it done.”

BLUE JAYS 10, ATHLETICS 3 Toronto won its 10th straight game, beating visiting Oakland behind three-run homers from Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak.

Josh Donaldson had two hits and two R.B.I., increasing his total to 85, which leads the majors.

CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 2 Yadier Molina tripled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning when right fielder Gregory Polanco missed an attempt at a shoe-top catch and Michael Wacha earned his 14th win as host St. Louis beat Pittsburgh.

St. Louis gave up an easy run, too, when center fielder Randal Grichuk badly misplayed an R.B.I. triple by Andrew McCutchen that tied it at 2-2 in the fifth inning.

ASTROS 2, GIANTS 0 Colby Rasmus homered to lead off the seventh inning to help Scott Feldman earn his first win in more than two months, and Houston held on to win at San Francisco.

Jed Lowrie also homered for the Astros, who will stumble back to Minute Maid Park with a slimmer division lead after going 2-7 on their nine-game trip.

CUBS 3, BREWERS 2 Miguel Montero homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Chicago a victory over visiting Milwaukee for the Cubs’ sixth straight win and 12th in 13 games.

Montero led off the 10th with a solo blast to left field off Michael Blazek (5-3).

TIGERS 7, ROYALS 4 Ian Kinsler doubled home two runs and Detroit batted around in a four-run eighth inning to beat Kansas City.

The loss ended the Royals’ eight-game home winning streak, their longest since winning their first 11 games in 2003 at Kauffman Stadium.

RAYS 9, BRAVES 6 Curt Casali capped a six-run seventh inning with a two-run homer, and Tampa Bay rallied for a victory over visiting Atlanta.

Pedro Ciriaco homered for the first time in more than two years and tied a career high with four R.B.I. for the Braves, who have lost 14 of 20.

TWINS 11, RANGERS 1 Aaron Hicks had four of Minnesota’s 17 hits, Miguel Sano homered twice and Mike Pelfrey picked up his first win since June as host Minnesota routed Texas.

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REDS 7, PADRES 3 The rookie Raisel Iglesias pitched six strong innings and Joey Votto scored the go-ahead run on a balk by James Shields to lead Cincinnati to a victory at San Diego.

MARLINS 14, RED SOX 6 J. T. Realmuto drove in six runs, including five in a 10-run sixth inning that tied a franchise record, which helped Miami finish a two-game sweep against visiting Boston.

PHILLIES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 6 Cameron Rupp homered and drove in a career-high four runs, and Philadelphia avoided a series sweep in Arizona.



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