Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Right-hander Henderson Alvarez ended his season with a bang, tossing a no-hitter to lead the Miami Marlins to a wild 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers Sunday at Marlins Park.
The Marlins (62-100) escaped with the win when Giancarlo Stanton scored from third on a wild pitch by Luke Putkonen (1-3) in the bottom of the ninth.
Alvarez (5-6) struck out four while allowing three Tigers to reach base. He plunked Prince Fielder with a breaking pitch in the first, Jose Iglesias reached on shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria’s error and walked Andy Dirks in the ninth.
The closest the Tigers came to a hit was Justin Verlander’s long fly down the line in right field in the sixth inning. However, the ball landed a couple of feet foul.
Alvarez, who opened the season on the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation, became the third pitcher this season to throw a no-hitter, joining Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds and Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants.
Alvarez also joined Al Leiter (1996), Kevin Brown (1997), A.J. Burnett (2001) and Anibal Sanchez (2006) in the franchise’s no-hitter club.
He also became the first pitcher to no-hit the Tigers since Matt Garza, then pitching for Tampa Bay, shut them down on July 26, 2010, at Tropicana Field.
Alvarez’s no-hitter overshadowed a strong outing from Verlander, who tossed six shutout innings with three hits and 10 strikeouts.
The Marlins finally broke through off Putkonen when Stanton and Logan Morrison delivered one-out singles, and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch.
After forcing Adeiny Hechavarria to a groundout, Putkonen loaded the bases when he walked Chris Coghlan.
Putkonen’s first pitch against pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs bounced away from catcher Brayan Pena, allowing Stanton to race home for the game-winning run.