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Team No-Hitter is at it again, but this time on the good side

By July 26, 2010

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Matt Garza of the Tampa Bay Rays threw the fifth no-hitter of the season - and it's not even August - as the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0 on Monday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

It was the fourth no-hitter the Rays have been involved in during the past 13 months. The White Sox's Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game against Tampa Bay last July. The Athletics' Dallas Braden threw another perfect game against them in May, and Edwin Jackson of the Arizona Diamondbacks threw a no-hitter against them in June.

Garza was in total control in this one, facing the minimum 27 batters. The only blemish was a walk in the second inning against the Tigers' Brennan Boesch, and he was erased on a double play by the next batter.

Detroit's Max Scherzer had held Rays hitless through 5 2/3 innings, but loaded the bases and Matt Joyce blasted a grand slam to give Garza all the support he needed.

It was the first no-hitter by a Rays pitcher. The last four no-hitters, and five of the last six, have involved one of the two Florida teams. And there are now just two franchises that have never thrown a no-hitter: the Mets and Padres.

The five no-hitters are the most in a season since 1991, when there were seven. And at this pace, that number is in jeopardy.

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