Buehler, Dodgers' bullpen combine to no-hit Padres in Mexico

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) The Dodgers have the most no-hitters in the majors - and now the most in Mexico, too.

Rookie Walker Buehler and a trio of Los Angeles relievers combined for the franchise's 23rd no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a neutral-site series Friday night.

Mexico had waited since 1999 to host a regular-season big league game, and it got a historic one: the first no-hitter ever outside the U.S. or Canada and the 12th combined no-hitter in major league history.

''It was awesome,'' Buehler said. ''It's one of those things, to pitch in a place like this, an atmosphere like this. It was awesome.''

A crowd of 21,536 at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey saw Buehler stay steady despite early rain. In just his third start in the majors, he went six innings before Tony Cingrani , Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore closed it out.

Buehler, a 23-year-old taken in the first round of the 2015 amateur draft, struck out eight and walked three. After 93 pitches, the highly touted right-hander was pulled. Cingrani walked two in the seventh, but the lefty kept the bid intact.

''It*s probably one of the toughest conversations I ever had, I wanted to keep going,'' Buehler said. ''But they made the choice and the guys finished out and it was cool.''

Buehler overcame wet conditions - the hardest rain fell in the second inning.

''I threw one in high school, but I gave up two runs in the first inning, so that one doesn't really count,'' Buehler said.

Garcia struck out two in a perfect eighth and Liberatore threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Franchy Cordero to end it with the Dodgers' 146th pitch.

That ended a festive night that began with a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Dodgers great Fernando Valenzuela , who became a star in the U.S. and Mexico and set off ''Fernandomania'' when he became a fan favorite in the 1980s.

Valenzuela pitched a no-hitter against St. Louis at Dodger Stadium on June 29, 1990, the same night Oakland's Dave Stewart pitched a no-hitter at Toronto - one of five in Canada, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Dodgers threw this no-hitter on the same night Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels got his 3,000th hit in a game at Seattle. When Pujols hit his 600th home run at home against Minnesota last June 3, Miami's Edinson Volquez pitched a no-hitter at home against Arizona.

These dual accomplishments evoked memories of the day in 1985, too, when Rod Carew got his 3,000th hit and Tom Seaver won his 300th game.

And the team with the most no-hitters in major league history - Boston is second with 18 - accomplished the feat against the only franchise that hasn't pitched any.

This series was part of Major League Baseball's push to internationalize the sport. No doubt, souvenirs from this game will wind up in the Hall of Fame

Buehler's highest pitch count in the majors is 94 pitches, reached in his previous outing against San Francisco.

''It's one of those where you're pretty angry to come out, but the bullpen, the guys that we have, I trust it in their hands, too,'' he said. ''And it worked out.''

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts isn't afraid to pull a young pitcher during a no-hitter. He removed then-rookie Ross Stripling from a bid against San Francisco with one out in the eighth inning in 2016. Reliever Chris Hatcher allowed a home run to the next batter.

This one worked out better for Roberts, giving baseball its second no-hitter of the season. Oakland left-hander Sean Manaea threw the first against Boston on April 21.

Joey Lucchesi (3-2) allowed three runs and five hits as the last-place Padres dropped to 11-22.

Matt Kemp had an RBI single on a popup that fell between shortstop Freddy Galvis and right fielder Matt Szczur in short right field in the first inning, and Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez hit consecutive homers in the second. Alex Verdugo singled in a run in the sixth against Adam Cimber.

''This is the fourth time that I get to see a no-hitter, but the first one that I'm on the good end of it,'' Hernandez said. ''Walker was electric and the relievers did a great job. It*s not an easy feat. It*s a night that no one is going to forget.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Julio Urias made the trip to his native Mexico. The 21-year-old had surgery last June to repair the left anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder, and his return was projected at 12-to-14 months. Roberts said Urias' return will not be until the second half of the season.

UP NEXT

The Monterrey series continues with Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (2-2, 3.76 ERA) opposing RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-3, 6.07) on Saturday.

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  • HR: LAD - E. Hernandez (4), C. Taylor (5)
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  • a-tripled for Barnes in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Locastro in the 6th
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  • a-struck out for Cimber in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Makita in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Locastro
  • 3B - C. Utley
  • HR - C. Taylor (5), E. Hernandez (4)
  • RBI - C. Taylor (11), E. Hernandez (11), M. Kemp (14), A. Verdugo
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Taylor (6), E. Hernandez (3)
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T. Cingrani1.00002105.251.171.5
Y. Garcia1.00000200.001.504.0
A. Liberatore1.00000203.001.004.0
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W. Buehler (W, 2-0)6.0
T. Cingrani1.0
Y. Garcia1.0
A. Liberatore1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lucchesi (L, 3-2)5.05333523.131.181.5
A. Cimber1.03110102.661.03-0.5
K. Makita2.00000306.751.387.5
P. Maton1.01000000.751.422.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lucchesi (L, 3-2)5.0
A. Cimber1.0
K. Makita2.0
P. Maton1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 93-59, T. Cingrani 24-13, Y. Garcia 14-11, A. Liberatore 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 5-4, T. Cingrani 1-1, Y. Garcia 1-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 20, T. Cingrani 5, Y. Garcia 3, A. Liberatore 3
PITCHING
  • WP - P. Maton
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lucchesi 99-61, A. Cimber 22-14, K. Makita 27-18, P. Maton 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lucchesi 7-2, K. Makita 2-1, P. Maton 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Lucchesi 22, A. Cimber 5, K. Makita 6, P. Maton 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Farmer 3B30000111.229.327.292.6190.5
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  • a-tripled for Barnes in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Locastro in the 6th
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F. Galvis SS30000013.229.316.280.595-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Cimber in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Makita in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Locastro
  • 3B - C. Utley
  • HR - C. Taylor (5), E. Hernandez (4)
  • RBI - C. Taylor (11), E. Hernandez (11), M. Kemp (14), A. Verdugo
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Taylor (6), E. Hernandez (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler (W, 2-0)6.00003801.131.0629.0
T. Cingrani1.00002105.251.171.5
Y. Garcia1.00000200.001.504.0
A. Liberatore1.00000203.001.004.0
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PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler (W, 2-0)6.0
T. Cingrani1.0
Y. Garcia1.0
A. Liberatore1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lucchesi (L, 3-2)5.05333523.131.181.5
A. Cimber1.03110102.661.03-0.5
K. Makita2.00000306.751.387.5
P. Maton1.01000000.751.422.0
Total9.0944392---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lucchesi (L, 3-2)5.0
A. Cimber1.0
K. Makita2.0
P. Maton1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 93-59, T. Cingrani 24-13, Y. Garcia 14-11, A. Liberatore 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 5-4, T. Cingrani 1-1, Y. Garcia 1-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 20, T. Cingrani 5, Y. Garcia 3, A. Liberatore 3
PITCHING
  • WP - P. Maton
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lucchesi 99-61, A. Cimber 22-14, K. Makita 27-18, P. Maton 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lucchesi 7-2, K. Makita 2-1, P. Maton 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Lucchesi 22, A. Cimber 5, K. Makita 6, P. Maton 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Verdugo singled to left, Utley scored40
  • 2ND INNING
    Hernandez homered to left30
    Taylor homered to center20
  • 1ST INNING
    Kemp singled to shallow right center, Taylor scored, Hernandez to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Phil Maton pitching
    • A. Verdugo: Strike swinging, Verdugo reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Foul, Pederson flied out to deep center
    • C. Bellinger: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bellinger grounded out to shortstop, Verdugo to second
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Verdugo to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor popped out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Liberatore relieved Yimi Garcia
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Villanueva flied out to left
    • F. Cordero: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cordero struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • K. Makita Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • C. Utley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Utley grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Farmer grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yimi Garcia relieved Tony Cingrani
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • Travis Jankowski hit for Kazuhisa Makita
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Jankowski grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pirela struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Kazuhisa Makita pitching
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp lined out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Cody Bellinger at first
    • Tony Cingrani pitching
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Villanueva lined out to left
    • F. Cordero: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cordero walked
    • R. Lopez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lopez walked, Cordero to second
    • M. Szczur: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Szczur struck out looking
    • F. Galvis: Galvis grounded into fielder's choice to second, Lopez out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Adam Cimber relieved Joey Lucchesi
    • Chase Utley hit for Austin Barnes
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Utley tripled to deep right
    • K. Farmer: Ball, Strike swinging, Farmer lined out to pitcher
    • A. Verdugo: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Verdugo singled to left, Utley scored
    • Joc Pederson hit for Tim Locastro
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • W. Buehler: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Buehler reached on an infield single to first, Verdugo out, hit by batted ball attempting to advance
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Javy Guerra hit for Adam Cimber
    • J. Guerra: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Guerra struck out looking
    • J. Pirela: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pirela grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Hernandez fouled out to catcher
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Kemp lined out to left
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grandal grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • M. Szczur: Szczur grounded out to pitcher
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • M. Margot: Ball, Strike looking, Margot grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Verdugo struck out swinging
    • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Locastro doubled to deep left
    • W. Buehler: Buehler grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Villanueva lined out to left
    • F. Cordero: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cordero struck out swinging
    • R. Lopez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lopez lined out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grandal struck out looking
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Barnes grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Farmer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • J. Lucchesi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lucchesi walked
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pirela walked, Lucchesi to second
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer lined into double play third to second, Lucchesi out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
    • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Locastro struck out swinging
    • W. Buehler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Buehler grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Taylor homered to center
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez homered to left
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • F. Cordero: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cordero walked
    • R. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
    • M. Szczur: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Szczur struck out looking
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Galvis flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Lucchesi Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Taylor walked
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hernandez singled to right, Taylor to third
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Kemp singled to shallow right center, Taylor scored, Hernandez to second
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Grandal grounded into double play third to first, Hernandez out at third, Kemp to second
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Barnes walked
    • K. Farmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Farmer walked, Kemp to third, Barnes to second
    • A. Verdugo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Verdugo grounded into fielder's choice to second, Farmer out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Pirela struck out looking
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to second
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Villanueva struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)