. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Astros Third Team to Retire Ryan's Number

HOUSTON -- Nolan Ryan holds or shares more than 50 U.S. major league baseball records, American League and National League records. Add one more.


The Houston Astros announced Thursday they will retire Ryan's No. 34, making him the first player in major league baseball history to have his number retired by three teams.


Next month, both the Astros and the Texas Rangers will honor Ryan, who had more strikeouts, more no-hitters and more overall records than anyone else in baseball history.


He saw the No. 30 he wore with the California Angels retired in 1992.


"The highest honor a player can receive from a team he played for is to have his number retired," Ryan said.


Ryan, 49, ended his 27-year major league career in 1993 after five seasons with the Rangers. When the Rangers retired his No. 34, he became the fifth person to have his number set aside by two teams, joining Hank Aaron, Casey Stengel, Rod Carew and Rollie Fingers.


Ryan pitched for the Astros from 1980 to 1988, compiling a record of 106-94 with a 3.13 ERA. He lives in Alvin, about 40 kilometers southeast of Houston.


Ryan made his debut in the big leagues with the Mets in 1968 and moved to the Angels in 1972.


While in Houston, Ryan tossed his record fifth no-hitter, breaking the mark he shared with Sandy Koufax, on Sept. 25, 1981. He broke Walter Johnson's strikeout record of 3,508 on April 27, 1983.


Ryan's total seven no-hitters are three more than anyone else. He is the majors' career leader with 5,714 strikeouts.


During his career, Ryan went 324-292 with a 3.19 ERA. He ranks among the leaders in starts, innings, shutouts and victories.


Baltimore 18, Oakland 5. In Baltimore, Maryland, Chris Hoiles hit two homers and Bobby Bonilla homered and drove in five runs, leading pitcher Mike Mussina and the Baltimore Orioles over the Oakland Athletics in Thursday's only American League game.


Rafael Palmeiro and Roberto Alomar also homered and Hoiles went 4-for-5 in the highest-scoring game of the season for the Orioles.


Mussina (15-8) won his fourth straight start. He ran his road record to 9-2 and his career mark against the A's to 10-2. He is second in AL wins to New York's Andy Pettitte, who has 17.


Los Angeles 5, St. Louis 2. In St, Louis, Missouri, Hideo Nomo struck out 10 in eight innings and also had two hits, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2.


Nomo (12-9) gave up Ron Gant's 200th career home run in the first inning, but allowed only three more hits and one other run. After walking a season-high seven in his last start against Cincinnati, he walked none.


Nomo, who began the game batting .140, had two singles and drove in a run. Greg Gagne also had two hits, including a homer, and Eric Karros drove in a run and scored one.


Marlins 7, Rockies 6. In Miami, pinch-hitter Alex Arias hit a two-run double and Jeff Conine followed with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to help the Florida Marlins rally past the Colorado Rockies.


It was the Rockies' 10th consecutive loss at Joe Robbie Stadium.


Devon White led off the eighth with a double against Curtis Leskanic, and Kurt Abbott walked. Bruce Ruffin (5-5) relieved and gave up the double to Arias, who advanced on the throw home.


Conine followed with a sacrifice fly to right field. Larry Walker's throw to the plate sailed over the catcher's head as Arias scored.


Braves 8, Phillies 5. In Philadelphia, Marquis Grissom extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a single, a double and a homer, leading the Atlanta Braves over Philadelphia.


Terrel Wade, making his fifth straight start after 28 relief appearances, allowed one run and six hits in five plus innings to gain the victory. Wade (4-0) struck out six, walked two and allowed an unearned run.


Reds 3, Padres 2. In Cincinnati, Thomas Howard's tie-breaking triple highlighted a three-run fifth inning that carried the Cincinnati Reds to a series sweep of the San Diego Padres.


The Reds have won eight of nine games from the Padres this season, including their last six games. It was their first three-game sweep of the Padres at Riverfront Stadium since mid-September, 1992.