ST. PETERSBURG (AP) - Matt Garza pitched the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history and the fifth in the major leagues this season, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-0 Monday night.
Garza faced the minimum 27 batters, struck out six, and allowing only a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch for a team that's often been on the wrong end of pitching gems lately.
The Rays have been held hitless three times since last July, including a pair of perfect games thrown against them.
"It was one of those days where everything lined up," Garza said. "The defense made great plays. I really can't say enough about them."
The last time there were at least five no-hitters in a season was 1991, when Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan threw one of seven in the big leagues that year, according to STATS LLC.
Garza, 26, rebounded from one of his worst outings of the season. He retired pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago for the final out on an easy fly ball to right fielder Ben Zobrist, who made a terrific running catch in the third to rob Danny Worth of a hit.
Garza's teammates mobbed him near the mound after a performance that leaves the New York Mets and San Diego Padres as the only big league teams without a no-hitter.
Matt Joyce's grand slam with two outs in the sixth was the first hit off Detroit's Max Scherzer (7-8). The next batter, Jason Bartlett, singled for the only other hit of the night until Carl Crawford homered in the eighth for Tampa Bay.