Wade Miley throws no-hitter as Cincinnati Reds blank Cleveland

Major League Baseball’s no-hitter parade continues.

Two days after John Means tossed a no-hitter and near perfect game for the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati’s Wade Miley shut down the hitters in Cleveland for his own no-hitter in the Reds’ 3-0 win Friday night in the battle of Ohio.

Miley struck out eight and walked one while throwing 114 pitches to record his first career no-hitter and Cincinnati’s first since Homer Bailey blanked the San Francisco Giants on July 2, 2013.

It was the 17th no-hitter in Reds’ franchise history and the fourth no-hitter of the 2021 season — fifth if Madison Bumgarner’s seven-inning no-no for the Arizona Diamondbacks is included. It’s the second time this season that Cleveland has been no-hit.

No Cleveland pitcher has thrown a no-hitter since Len Barker’s perfect game on May 15, 1981. It’s the longest current streak without a no-hitter in baseball.

Reds starter Wade Miley, center, and catcher Tucker Barnhart are swarmed by teammates after Miley threw a no-hitter against Cleveland in Cincinnati's 3-0 win.

But while the no-hitter was playing out, the scoreboard remained 0-0 through eight innings. The Reds’ offense had only managed three hits of their own until Nick Senzel led off the top of the ninth with an infield single. Jesse Winker followed with a single to put runners on first and second. And then the wheels fell off for Cleveland reliever Emmanuel Clase. His throwing error on Nick Castellanos’ fielder’s choice allowed Senzel to score. He then balked while pitching to Mike Moustakas, allowing Winker to score and Castellanos to advance to second. Moustakas followed with a single to left to score Castellanos.

Cleveland had one last chance to get Miley on the board in the bottom of the night, but pinch hitter Rene Rivera lined out to right for the first out, Cesar Hernandez struck out and Jordan Luplow grounded out to short to end the game.

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