Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on September 28, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/AFP)
PITTSBURGH - Homer Bailey tossed the first Cincinnati Reds no-hitter in 24 years and sealed another non-winning season for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1-0 win Friday night.
Bailey equaled an MLB modern day record by throwing the seventh no-hitter this season. There were also seven no-hitters thrown in 1990 and 1991. Three of those no-hitters this year have been perfect games.
Alex Presley popped out to second baseman Brandon Phillips in short right- center field to end the game. The Reds mobbed Bailey near the pitcher's mound and Bronson Arroyo gave his teammate a celebratory shower of Gatorade.
This was the 15th no-hitter in Reds franchise history and first since Tom Browning's perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 16, 1988. Bailey is the first Reds right-hander to throw a no-hitter since Hall of Famer Tom Seaver June 16, 1978 against St. Louis.
The only blemishes preventing Bailey (13-10) from a perfect game was Scott Rolen's error at third base in the third, and Bailey's one-out, four-pitch walk to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh.
Bailey threw 74 of his 115 pitches for strikes. He struck out a career-high tying 10 for the Reds, who are a half-game behind the Washington Nationals for the best record in the National League. The Nationals are currently in St. Louis taking on the Cardinals.
Bailey's no-hitter notched the Pirates' 20th straight non-winning season. He has three complete games, all of them at PNC Park.
Pittsburgh, on a free fall since it was a season-best 63-47 on Aug 8., has gone 13-34 since then.
The Pirates were no-hit for the first time since August 14, 1971 when Hall of Famer Bob Gibson accomplished the feat for the Cardinals. Pittsburgh won the World Series that year.