Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza threw a no-hitter against the Tigers last night in a 5-0 win over Detroit at Tropicana Field. Garza struck out six and faced the minimum 27 batters with only a second inning walk to Brennan Boesch preventing a perfect game. Boesch was erased on a double play and Garza went on to toss the first no-hitter in the history of the Ray’s franchise and the fifth this season in the majors.
Former Tiger Matt Joyce belted a grand slam with two outs in the sixth inning for the first Tampa Bay hit against Detroit starter Max Scherzer, who fanned eight over five-and-two-thirds innings to fall to 7-and-8.
The only close call for Garza came in the third inning when Detroit rookie shortstop Danny Worth flied deep to the warning track in right field with a jumping catch robbing him of an extra base hit.
Scherzer said it was tough being on the losing end of a no-hitter with the Tiger’s fighting to stay in the chase in the American League Central. The last time Detroit was no-hit was by Randy Johnson at Seattle in 1990.
Last night’s loss dropped the third place Tigers to three games behind the division leading White Sox, who beat Seattle 6-to-1 last night in Chicago. And the Cubs won 5-to-2 last night at Houston. Justin Verlander gets the start tonight for the Tigers against the Ray’s James Shields in game two of the 4-game series at Tampa Bay.