Eduardo Rodriguez very nearly saved his own no-hitter with some quick thinking. Unfortunately for him, Marcus Semien was just a bit quicker.
The Boston Red Sox left-hander saw his bid for a no-hitter broken up after 7 2/3 innings when he deflected Semien's comebacker off his foot, causing him to lose sight of the ball momentarily. By the time he found it, Semien was already well up the baseline and beat Rodriguez's throw to first by a full step for the Athletics' first hit of the game.
Semien was initially called out by first-base umpire Laz Diaz, but the Athletics immediately challenged the ruling. After a brief delay, replay officials reversed the call, breaking up the bid.
The next Athletics batter was Jake Smolinski, who grounded out to Rodriguez to end the inning and keep the game a scoreless tie. One inning later the A's walked it off after Red Sox left fielder Brock Holt misplayed Khris Davis' double and allowed Danny Valencia to score the game's lone run in a 1-0 Oakland victory.
Rodriguez finished his day with no runs allowed, five strikeouts, and two walks on 110 pitches – a season-high pitch total for the 23-year-old – over eight innings of work. It’s the first time this season that Rodriguez has pitched into the eighth inning.
The Athletics haven’t been no-hit since four Baltimore Orioles pitchers turned the trick against them on July 13, 1991 – a span of 25 years, 1 month, and 22 days that remains the longest active streak in baseball.
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