Miami’s Alvarez pitches no-hitter in season finale
Boston Red Sox' Jacoby Ellsbury, left, runs toward first base as Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis reaches for a throw in the fourth inning of an MLB American League baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Baltimore. Ellsbury advanced to second base on a throwing error by catcher Steve Clevenger, Jarrod Saltalamacchia scored on the play and Davis left the game with an injury. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, left, and Jose Fernandez, right, celebrate Alvarez's no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers after an interleague baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Miami. The Marlins won 1-0. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Marlins' Henderson Alvarez celebrates after striking out Detroit Tigers' Matt Tuiasosopo for the last out of the ninth inning in an interleague baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Miami. Alvarez got a no-hitter as the Marlins won 1-0. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Henderson Alvarez pitched one of baseball’s most bizarre no-hitters, celebrating in the on-deck circle when the Miami Marlins scored on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers, 1-0, yesterday.
After Alvarez finished off the ninth with the game scoreless, he had to wait to see if it would become an official no-hitter. A Major League Baseball ruling in 1991 said only complete games of nine or more innings with no hits would count.
The Marlins loaded the bases and with pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs at bat, Luke Putkonen threw a wild pitch that let Giancarlo Stanton score. Alvarez was on deck, and he took off his batting helmet and started to celebrate while still wearing his batting gloves.
Alvarez (5-6) struck out four, walked one and hit a batter on the last day of the season.