ARLINGTON, Texas - Joe Mauer's clean single to center field with one out in the ninth inning broke up the no-hit bid of four Texas Rangers pitchers.
The Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-0, on Monday night in the fifth no-hitter this season broken up in the ninth inning.
Starter Rich Harden was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and went 62/3 innings before being lifted after throwing 111 pitches. Matt Harrison got the final out of the seventh. Darren O’Day pitched the eighth and All-Star closer Neftali Feliz got one out in the ninth before Mauer singled.
Texas prevailed in the matchup of division leaders but fell two outs shy of its first no-hitter since Kenny Rogers’ perfect game against California on July 28, 1994.
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There have been five no-hitters this season, including perfect games by Oakland’s Dallas Braden and Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay. The last no-hitter was Matt Garza of Tampa Bay against Detroit on July 26.
The home plate umpire Monday was Jim Joyce. He was the first base umpire who made the incorrect call with two outs in the ninth inning that cost Detroit Armando Galarraga a perfect game.
Harden (5-4) struck out six and walked five, the last Michael Cuddyer and that brought manager Ron Washington to the mound for a lengthy discussion. It wasn’t until Joyce came to the mound, where the entire Rangers infield was already patting Harden on the back, that the pitching change was made.
O’Day, a submarine-throwing right-hander, got a fortunate bounce for an out when Delmon Young’s leadoff grounder in the eighth ricocheted off first base. Rookie Mitch Moreland retrieved the ball and flipped to O’Day for the out.
Feliz had walked a batter in the ninth before Mauer broke up the no-hit bid.