Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Reds to a 3-0 victory over the slumping San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night in Cincinnati.
Bailey (5-6) became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer – still the only big leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later.
“Every dog has its day twice, I guess,” Bailey said. “It felt good to do it front of the Cincinnati fans.”
The last pitcher to throw one no-hitter and then another before anyone else in the majors accomplished the feat was Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, according to STATS. Baseball’s career strikeout king did it for the California Angels on Sept. 28, 1974, against Minnesota, and June 1, 1975, vs. Baltimore.
Bailey grew up in Texas, just like Ryan, and wears No. 34 in tribute to his boyhood idol.
Justin Verlander, Mark Buehrle and Roy Halladay are the only other active pitchers with a pair of no-hitters.
Halladay, of course, threw one of his in the postseason.
Bailey walked Gregor Blanco leading off the seventh, the only Giants batter to reach base.
First baseman Joey Votto alertly threw out Blanco as he tried to advance from second to third on a soft one-hopper that otherwise could have become an infield single for Buster Posey.
“Joey had a great heads-up play. I was almost a little late getting to the bag,” Bailey said.
With 27,509 fans on their feet chanting “Homer! Homer!” Bailey finished it off in the ninth.
He jumped to glove Brandon Crawford’s high comebacker, struck out Tony Abreu and retired Blanco on a grounder to third baseman Todd Frazier.
White Sox 5, Orioles 2: Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie homered while John Danks pitched into the eighth inning to help the White Sox snap the Orioles’ four-game winning streak with a victory in Chicago.
The White Sox ended a five-game losing streak.
Danks (2-5) earned his first win since June 8 against Oakland, pitching seven-plus innings and allowing two runs and six hits while striking out four.
Since then, Danks had been winless in three starts while allowing 13 earned runs.
Gillaspie’s homer snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth, and Dunn’s 22nd, a two-run homer in the seventh, gave Chicago a 5-1 lead. Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save in 26 attempts.
Angels 5, Cardinals 1: A five-run second inning sent Jered Weaver and the Angels past visiting St. Louis in Anaheim.
Cubs at A’s, late: At press time, the Cubs were leading the A’s 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning in Oakland.