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  • Reds' Bailey pitches no-no

  • PITTSBURGH — Homer Bailey had a certain milestone on his mind when he walked to the mound Friday night. He wound up pulling off an even bigger feat.
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  • PITTSBURGH — Homer Bailey had a certain milestone on his mind when he walked to the mound Friday night. He wound up pulling off an even bigger feat.
    Bailey pitched the seventh no-hitter in the majors this season, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    The right-hander began the night with 195 innings pitched 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 inning) 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."
    It was the 15th no-hitter in Reds history and first since Tom Browning's perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 16, 1988.
    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. You have to be extremely fortunate to throw a no-hitter and we had luck on our side tonight."
    Bailey (13-10) struck out 10 and walked one. He threw 115 pitches and retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Brock Holt before getting pinch-hitter Michael McKenry and Alex Presley to pop out.
    When second baseman Brandon Phillips caught Presley's popup on the outfield grass, Bailey was mobbed near the mound by happy teammates and doused with water.
    The 26-year-old Bailey improved to 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA in six career starts at PNC Park. All three of his complete games and both his shutouts have come against Pittsburgh.
    It was the first time the Pirates had been held hitless since Hall of Famer Bob Gibson pitched the lone no-hitter of his career in 1971 for the St. Louis Cardinals.
    Cincinnati, which clinched the NL Central title last Saturday, improved to 95-62. The Reds are tied with Washington for the best record in the NL.
    Giants 3, Padres 1
    At San Diego, Ryan Vogelsong pitched six strong innings and Buster Posey increased his lead in the NL batting race.
    Mets 3, Braves 1
    At Atlanta, Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the seventh gave New York the lead, Jonathon Niese pitched seven strong innings for his third straight win and the Mets beat Tim Hudson and the Braves.
    Marlins 2, Phillies 1
    At Miami, Carlos Lee's game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Marlins to a win over Philadelphia and eliminated the Phillies from playoff contention.
    Cardinals 12, Nationals 2
    At St. Louis, Allen Craig matched his career best with four hits to go with two RBIs, Yadier Molina hit a two-run home run and the Cardinals punished Edwin Jackson and the Nationals early to win a matchup of teams on the cusp of clinchers.
    Astros 7, Brewers 6
    At Milwaukee, Edgar Gonzalez allowed one hit before tiring in the sixth and Brett Wallace, Jason Castro and Jose Altuve all homered and the Astros beat Yovani Gallardo for the first time in three seasons, dousing the Brewers' faint playoff hopes.
    Dodgers 8, Rockies 0
    At Los Angeles, Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings, Shane Victorino hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers beat the Rockies to remain three games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card with five games to play.
    Diamondbacks 8, Cubs 3
    At Phoenix, Justin Upton and Cody Ransom homered to power the Diamondbacks past the slumping Cubs.
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