Josh Beckett tosses first career no-hitter as Dodgers blank Phillies

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Veteran Josh Beckett threw his first career no-hitter to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

Beckett (3-1), who has one career one-hitter, entered the game 4-12 in his last 20 road starts, gave up three walks and had six strikeouts for the season’s first no-hitter as the Dodgers took two of three from the Phillies to improve to 27-24.

Beckett’s previous closest call to a no-hitter was 6 2/3 innings against Detroit when he was with Boston on June 4, 2009.

Hideo Nomo recorded the last no-hitter for the Dodgers on Sept. 17, 1996, in a 9-0 win over the Colorado Rockies. In that game, Nomo struck out eight and walked four on 110 pitches.

A.J. Burnett (3-4) allowed six runs – four earned – on 11 hits with a walk and three strikeouts in seven innings as the Phillies slipped to 21-26. He has a 6.26 ERA (16 earned runs in 23 innings) in his last four starts after posting a 2.06 ERA through his first seven.

The Dodgers struck quickly as Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI double that scored Dee Gordon, who led off the game with a single into right-center.

In the second, third baseman Justin Turner hit his second long ball of the season dead center for a 2-0 lead.

In the sixth, the Dodgers added a third run behind rookie Erisbel Arruebarrena’s first career RBI.

With all the run support he needed, Beckett cruised from there. He retired 23 in a row before Jimmy Rollins’ two-out walk in the ninth, but Chase Utley struck out looking on a 3-2 fastball to end the 128-pitch masterpiece.

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