The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I bought everyone watches after the last one. That was an expensive no-hitter. This one will probably be more expensive."
-- White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle who threw the majors' first perfect game in five years
116 pitches. Nine innings. Six strikeouts. Two hours, three minutes. One amazing catch. One perfect game. Mark Buehrle earned his second career no-hitter by kicking it up a notch, allowing no runs, hits, walks or errors as the White Sox topped the Rays. Buehrle joins San Francisco's Randy Johnson as the only active pitchers to throw a pair of no-hitters, with both tossing perfect games as encores. Buehrle's shot at immortality was in doubt in the ninth inning when Gabe Kapler sent a charge to left-center. DeWayne Wise, brought in at the start of the inning as a defensive replacement, made Ozzie Guillen look like a genius, reeling in an amazing catch at the wall to preserve baseball's 18th perfect game.
Other notable facts:
- Same length of time for Buehrle's no-hitters: 2:03
- Same home plate umpire: Eric Cooper
- Buehrle faced minimum batters (27) in both no-hitters. He walked Sammy Sosa in first no-hitter then picked him off first base.
- First time Buehrle worked with catcher Ramon Castro.
- First time a perfect game was worked between a battery that had never played together.
The Angels scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Twins closer Joe Nathan to tie the game then Mike Napoli hit a double to score Chone Figgins from third in the 10th to give Los Angeles the victory. The Angels have now won six straight and 10 of their last 11. The same cannot be said for the Twins who took the lead in the top of the ninth only to lose their fourth in their last five games. Jason Kubel drove in three runs in the losing effort with Joe Mauer driving in the other two while going 3 for 4. Los Angeles spread out its run production as six different players tallied an RBI.
For the third time in four games, the Tigers lost by a score of 2-1. Seattle was the beneficiary Thursday with Jarrod Washburn collecting the win after throwing seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball. Washburn has now won four straight starts and five of his last six. So how did the left-hander celebrate the victory? By watching fellow Southpaw Mark Buehrle toss his perfect game.
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