The Los Angeles Dodgers' Josh Beckett threw his first career no-hitter in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The no-hitter was the 21st in Dodgers franchise history, and the first since Hideo Nomo's no-no at Colorado on Sept. 17, 1996, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The 34-year-old Beckett was masterful, walking only three while striking out six batters, including Phillies second baseman Chase Utley on Beckett's final and career-high 128th pitch of the game. The veteran right-hander retired 23 consecutive batters at one point, between a second-inning walk of outfielder Marlon Byrd and a two-out, ninth-inning walk of shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Beckett followed the walk to Rollins by fanning Utley on two consecutive looking strikes, after running the count to 3-1.
After the final strike, Beckett held his right arm up in triumph as he started walking toward home plate. Beckett's no-hitter was the first of the 2014 season and the second to ever occur at Citizens Bank Park. The first was Roy Halladay's postseason no-hitter on Oct. 6, 2010 against the Cincinnati Reds.
The win improved Beckett's record to 3-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to an impressive 2.43. The right-hander—long known for his inconsistency from year-to-year—has been far better than expected in the wake of a disappointing 2013 campaign that ended with a major surgical procedure to repair thoracic outlet syndrome.