(SEATTLE) — Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez became the 23rd pitcher in major league history – and third this season – to throw a perfect game on Wednesday, leading Seattle to a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Mariners’ ace struck out 12 and needed 113 pitches to accomplish the first perfect game in team history, joining Chicago White Sox righty Philip Humber and San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain as this year’s third member of baseball’s elite club. The three perfect games are the most of any season in MLB history.
Hernandez, the 2010 recipient of the American League Cy Young Award, improved to 11-5 and lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.60. The 12 strikeouts were the fifth time this season the 26-year-old has recorded double-digit punchouts.
The Rays, meanwhile, were on the receiving end of their third perfect game – the most allowed by any team in baseball.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN