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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dwight Gooden Pitches His First No-Hitter


NEW YORK -- Dwight Gooden, who missed the entire 1995 season due to a drug suspension, pitched the first no-hitter of his once brilliant, often troubled career as the New York Yankees blanked the Seattle Mariners, 2-0.

In just his seventh start as a Yankee, the former Cy Young Award winner Tuesday tossed the first no-hitter in the American League this year and the 11th in Yankee history, completing a remarkable comeback.

When Paul Sorrento popped out to shortstop Derek Jeter for the final out, Gooden leaped for joy into the arms of catcher Joe Girardi and was promptly mobbed by teammates, celebrating as if the team had just won the World Series.

The jubilant Gooden was then carried off the field on his teammates' shoulders as he pumped his fists in the air to the sound of a standing ovation from the Yankee Stadium crowd.

"It was just the greatest moment in my career in baseball," Gooden said, comparing it to winning the 1986 World Series with the Mets.

The Yankees took a big gamble by signing Gooden, whose career seemed all but over after a June 1994 drug suspension that carried through all of last season.

It seemed like a bad move as Gooden suffered through three horrendous starts, allowing 17 runs and 20 hits in 13 1/3 innings -- all losses. He was removed from the starting rotation and only returned when ace David Cone was sidelined with an injury.

Gooden made an adjustment to his delivery and had three strong outings prior to Tuesday's heroics against one of the best offensive teams in baseball.

"I never lost confidence in my ability," he said.

In his last start, against Detroit, Gooden retired the final 22 batters he faced and called it his best game ever, a declaration he revised Tuesday.

"This is by far my best game. As the game went along I was able to get stronger and stronger," said Gooden, adding that he did not realize he had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning.

"After the seventh inning was over, you know the crowd was cheering on and it feels like a little different cheer," he recalled. "And that's when I looked at the scoreboard.

"In the eighth and ninth I gave it all I had."

Gooden walked six and struck out five in tossing the second no-hitter of the season just three days after Florida's Al Leiter no-hit Colorado in the National League on Saturday.

Seattle had just three strong bids for hits. In the first inning, Gerald Williams made a remarkable catch in centerfield on a dead run with his back to the ball. Darren Bragg hit a sharp two-hop grounder that first baseman Tino Martinez misplayed for an error in the sixth, and in the seventh a sinking liner to right-center by Dan Wilson was run down by Bernie Williams.

Gooden faced the heart of the Seattle order in the ninth.

Alex Rodriguez walked to open the inning, but Gooden got Ken Griffey, Jr to bounce weakly to first as Martinez dove to the bag before Griffey beat out a hit.

Last season's American League batting champion Edgar Martinez walked to put runners on first and second, and a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. But Gooden struck out Jay Buhner and induced Paul Sorrento to pop out, setting off the wild celebration.

"My ears are still ringing, and I lost my voice from yelling too," he said.

Marlins 11, Cardinals 5. Pinch-hitter Joe Orsulak broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth with a two-run single as Florida won its team-record ninth straight.

Florida came from behind for the third consecutive game, scoring three runs in the seventh and six in the eighth.

The winning streak is the longest in the majors this season. Florida won eight in a row last year.

Terry Mathews (1-0) won despite allowing Ray Lankford'sgame-tying homer. Jeff Parrett (2-2) was the loser.

Phillies 7, Giants 0. In Philadelphia, Curt Schilling (1-0), in his first major-league start since last July, allowed five hits and struck out 10 in seven innings. He had shoulder surgery last August.

Pete Incaviglia went 2 for 4, including his sixth homer of the season, and drove in three runs. Russ Springer followed Schilling with one-hit relief.

Osvaldo Fernandez (3-2) gave up seven runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Rockies 5, Reds 3. In Cincinnati, Dante Bichette hit a three-run homer, his first homer in 22 games, as Colorado stopped its seven-game losing streak, the second-longest in team history.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)