Josh Beckett pitched the 11th no-hitter in Los Angeles Dodger history and the first in 18 years as he led the Dodgers to a 6-0 shutout over the Phillies. The Dodgers took the series and finished the road trip with 5 wins in 9 games.
The Dodgers scored first as Dee Gordon led off the game with a single, stole his 29th base of the season, moved to third base on a fly ball and scored on a Adrian Gonzalez double.
Justin Turner hit his second home run of the season to lead off the top of the second and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead. Drew Butera and Erisbel Arruebarrena followed with back to back singles but after Beckett sacrificed, Gordon grounded into a fielder's choice as Butera was thrown out on a contact play and Crawford flied out.
The Dodgers added to their 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth, with one out, Turner singled, moved to second on a ground out and then he scored on a Arruebarrena's single. The Dodgers would add 3 more runs in the top of the seventh, Gordon walked, stole his 30th base of the season, and then scored on Ryan Howard's error on a ball hit by Carl Crawford. Yasiel Puig continued his hot May by doubling to left putting runners on second and third. Gonzalez singled in Crawford and then while Andre Ethier was grounding into a double play, Puig scored the third run of the inning.
Meanwhile Beckett started to roll, after walking Marlon Byrd to lead off the bottom of the second, Beckett began his string of consecutive outs. Beckett was aided by this nice play:
Beckett would retire 21 batters in order from the second through the eighth inning.
The first batter to face Beckett in the 9th was Tony Gwynn, Jr. Becket would retire Gwynn, Jr. on a pop up to short. Ben Revere was up next and Revere grounded to Gonzalez who tossed the ball to Beckett to record the out. Jimmy Rollins walked on a 3-2 count and then Chase Utley got ahead 3 balls and 1 strike. WIth Chris Perez and J.P. Howell beginning to warm up, Beckett got curve ball over for strike two. So with the count full, Beckett got ready to make his next and what would be the final pitch of the game.
After that it was nothing but smiles all around.
The emotion of a no-hitter: pic.twitter.com/QH6CVPl7bp— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 25, 2014