HOUSTON – Mike Fiers pitched the second no-hitter in the major leagues in nine days, leading the Houston Astros to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Fiers (6-9) struck out Justin Turner on his 134th pitch to end it and threw his glove high into the air for his first career complete game and first victory with the rejuvenated Astros, who acquired him and Carlos Gomez from Milwaukee on July 30.
It was the fifth no-hitter in the big leagues this year. Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma had one Aug 12.
Fiers, who has given up only one earned run in 21 innings over his three starts with Houston, said his exhaustion didn't hit him until he threw his last pitch.
"After I got that last out everything kind of hit me," he said. "Once you're in that moment you don't feel anything really. You're going off adrenaline at that point."
Astros executive Nolan Ryan, who threw a record seven no-hitters, applauded from a suite as Fiers was mobbed by teammates near the mound after finishing the 11th gem in Astros history.
Ryan went to the dugout to congratulate Fiers after the game — the first time the two had met.
Cole Hamels with Philadelphia, San Francisco's Chris Heston and Washington's Max Scherzer also have thrown no-hitters this year
Having never even gotten an out in the ninth inning in his five-year career, Fiers was dominant. He struck out 10 and walked three, retiring the final 21 batters.
Fiers needed little help from his defense until Jake Marisnick had to sprint to catch a long fly ball by Jimmy Rollins just in front of the bullpen in right field for the first out of the ninth inning.
The 30-year-old issued a walk each of the first three innings but didn't allow a baserunner after Joc Pederson walked to start the third.
"My command was off a little early, I just tried to stick with it, I knew it was going to come," Fiers said. "This game is all about playing for your teammates, guys on the field with you."
It was the first no-hitter by one Astros pitcher since Darryl Kile blanked the Mets on Sept. 8, 1993. Six Astros pitchers teamed up for one vs. the Yankees June 11, 2003.