You could almost hear the computer servers firing up at Elias Sports Bureau a few minutes ago, trying to figure out whether a no-hitter was broken up by a grand slam for the first time.
In Tampa, the Rays' Matt Garza and the Tigers' Max Scherzer took dueling no-hitters into the sixth inning. In the bottom of the inning, Ben Zobrist walked, Carl Crawford reached on catcher's interference and Evan Longoria walked to load the bases. With two outs and a full count, Jays designated hitter Matt Joyce homered to right field, breaking up the no-hit bid and putting the Rays up 4-0.
Garza allowed just a walk through seven. Follow the game on the CBSSports.com GameTracker here, and we'll let you know when we figure out whether this has ever happened before.
-- David Andriesen
UPDATE: Garza finishes off the no-hitter, allowing just the one walk. It's the first no-hitter in Rays history and the fifth in the majors this season.
UPDATE: Baseball blog wezen-ball.com (reporting via Twitter ) has found another no-hitter broken up in the sixth by a grand slam. On July 23, 1990, Dickie Thon of the Phillies broke up a no-hit bid by Frank Viola of the Mets with a grand slam with one out. Viola did not have a shutout at the time, however, as the Phillies had scored on a groundout two batters earlier. Here is the box score and play-by-play of that game.
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