Carrasco Flirts With No-Hitter
UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland pitcher Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of hurling the third no-hitter of the baseball season. Joey Butler's line-drive, two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Indians' 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. His hit went just over the outstretched glove of leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis.
Carrasco struck out 13 and was taken out after Butler's hit. Austin Adams came on and got the final out to finish the one-hitter. Carrasco improved to 10-6.
It was the third straight night the Indians took a perfect game into the sixth inning against the Rays. This time, Carrasco retired the first 19 batters before walking Butler with one out in the seventh.
Washington's Max Scherzer and San Francisco rookie Chris Heston authored the first two no-hitters this season.
The Indians have not had a no-hitter since 1981.