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Astros' Verlander pitches third no-hitter of career

Justin Verlander makes weird  cool MLB history with his third no-hitter Justin Verlander makes weird cool MLB history with his third no-hitter
Cary Erickson | 02 September, 2019, 10:24

The Houston Astros ace took the mound against the Blue Jays on Sunday in Toronto and had not allowed a hit after eight innings.

It's the 13th no-hitter in franchise history for the Astros and the second since the trade deadline, following the combined four-pitcher no-hitter the team tossed in August.

It marked the fifth time in Verlander's career in which he accumulated at least 250 strikeouts in a season, making him just the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to attain this rare feat. It's a group that includes Cy Young, the namesake for the award that goes to the best pitcher each year in the American and National Leagues. "Some of the guys I idolized, it's a special moment".

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In Sunday's contest, Verlander was at risk of not even getting the win entering the ninth inning with the score tied at 0.

While Verlander now joins a small cadre of pitchers who have hurled three or more no-hitters, the top record-holder belongs to Nolan Ryan, who completed seven career no-hitters.