Miami's Henderson Alvarez pitches one of baseball's most bizarre no-hitters, celebrating in the on-deck circle when the Marlins score on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Sunday, Sept. 29. Why was Alvarez on deck? He had held the Tigers hitless through nine, but the score was 0-0, so the Marlins needed to score for the no-no to become official. It just happened that Alvarez was the next batter due up, but he wouldn't have hit because there were two outs and the bases were loaded when Luke Putkonen uncorked the game-winning, walk-off, wild pitch. It was the first no-hitter to end on a wild pitch, according to STATS LLC.
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Forgot the score?
Miami's Henderson Alvarez reacts after striking out Detroit's Matt Tuiasosopo for the last out of the top of the ninth inning ... but with the game tied 0-0, the no-hitter isn't official until the Marlins score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. 'With the emotion and nerves, I didn't realize we hadn't scored a run yet,' Alvarez said through a translator in a postgame on-field interview. 'At the time I thought the game was 1-0. I threw my hands up and thought the game was over.' Photo: Alan Diaz/AP Images
Miami's Henderson Alvarez (right) records the fifth no-hitter in Marlins history, joining Anibal Sanchez (2006), A.J. Burnett ('01), Kevin Brown ('97) and Al Leiter ('96). Alvarez's no-no is also the third of the 2013 season, joining Cincinnati's Homer Bailey and San Francisco's Tim Lincecum. Photo: Steve Mitchell/USA Today
What a finale
Miami's Henderson Alvarez (center) is mobbed by teammates after the Marlins score the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning at Marlins Park on the final day of the 2013 regular season. It was the first walk-off complete-game no-hitter since Virgil Trucks of the Detroit Tigers threw one on May 15, 1952 against Washington. Photo: Alan Diaz/AP Images
No freakin' way!
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on July 13. It was the first no-hitter in Lincecum's notable career. Hunter Pence made a spectacular diving catch in right field to end the eighth inning and help preserve the feat. The Giants won 9-0. Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today
The party is on
Lincecum gets mobbed by teammates after completing his no-hitter. The Giants made no doubt about the game's result, belting out 10 hits and nine runs of their own. Photo: Denis Poroy/Getty Images
Give him a hug!
Catcher Buster Posey lifted Lincecum in celebration after the no-hitter was complete. Posey helped the cause at the plate too, going 3-for-4 and scoring three times in the easy win. Photo: Denis Poroy/Getty Images
The no-hitter didn't come easy for Lincecum. He had to throw 148 pitches -- 96 for strikes -- to achieve the feat. Photo: Denis Poroy/Getty Images
Lincecum pitches during the sixth inning of his no-hitter on July 13. He walked four but struck out 13 in the win. Photo: Denis Poroy/Getty Images
Homer says, 'N'oh!'
Cincinnati's Homer Bailey celebrates after tossing a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants in a 3-0 home win at Great American Ball Park on July 2, 2013. It's the first no-hitter of the major league season and the second in Bailey's career. He no-hit the Pirates less than 10 months ago, on Sept. 28 in Pittsburgh, but he was able to enjoy this one at the Reds' home ballpark. Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images
Faced 28 batters
Catcher Ryan Hanigan is the first to hug Homer Bailey after the Reds right-hander induced the Giants' Gregor Blanco into a groundout to third base for the final out. Bailey struck out nine and yielded only one walk -- losing his shot at a perfect game on a seventh-inning leadoff walk on a full-count pitch to Blanco. Photo: Al Behrman/AP Images
Sweet 16 party
Homer Bailey's second-career no-hitter earns the famous orange drink shower from several of his Reds teammates. Bailey is the third Cincinnati pitcher to record two no-hitters in a career, joining Jim Maloney (1965 and ' 69) and Johnny Vander Meer, who tossed back-to-back no-nos in 1938. Photo: Al Behrman/AP Images
Homer Bailey gets a face full of shaving cream from teammate Mat Latos after the first no-hitter of 2013. Bailey joins Justin Verlander, Mark Buehrle and Roy Halladay as the only active pitchers with multiple no-hitters. Photo: Al Behrman/AP Images
Reds fans celebrate behind the San Francisco dugout with one out to go in Bailey's masterpiece. It's the 16th time the Giants have been no-hit during their 131-year history — they were last no-hit by Philly's Kevin Millwood on April 27, 2003. Homer also snapped a streak of pitchers named Kevin to no-hit the Giants. The last three no-nos vs. San Francisco: Millwood (April 27, 2003), Florida's Kevin Brown (June 10, 1997) and Los Angele's Kevin Gross (Aug. 17, 1992). Photo: Al Behrman/AP Images
Dusty look back
Reds manager Dusty Baker missed Homer Bailey's first no-hitter -- on Sept. 28, 2012 in Pittsburgh -- because the skipper was hospitalized after a mini-stroke. But the Cincinnati skipper was able to watch this one. Bailey is from La Grange, Texas, the same home state as his boyhood hero Nolan Ryan -- which is why Bailey dons Ryan's uniform number, 34. Ryan, of course, was the king of no-hitters, tossing a major-league-best seven. As a matter of fact, Baker was the final out of Ryan's fifth no-no, a 5-0 Astros win over the Dodgers. Baker grounded out to third for the 27th out in that game. Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images
Closest call of the night
Todd Frazier tags out Gregor Blanco for the second out of the seventh. Blanco, the only Giants runner to reach base, walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a groundout to third. Then Buster Posey hit a soft one-hopper, between first and second, which Reds first baseman Joey Votto fielded and alertly threw to Frazier at third for the putout of Blanco. Votto didn't seem close enough to first base for the forceout, and it would have been close had he tossed to Bailey, who would have had to hustle to the bag to beat Posey. Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images