June 25, 2021

Last Red Sox Pitcher Before Pivetta To Leave A Potential No-Hitter In 7th Inning? Babe Ruth.

Nick Pivetta had not allowed a hit to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night when he was pulled after 100 pitches, with two outs in the seventh inning. Boston lost the game 1-0 when Manuel Margot scored from third in the bottom of the ninth on Matt Barnes's wild pitch.

The last Red Sox starting pitcher to leave a potential no-hitter in the seventh inning or later was Babe Ruth, on May 20, 1916, against the St. Louis Browns. Ruth had walked seven and left with a 2-1 lead. 

It was the fourth game in Rays history in which they had two or fewer hits and won. All four games were by a 1-0 score: August 21, 2014, September 12, 2014, August 7, 2020, June 24, 2021.

It was the second time in Red Sox history the team has lost on a walkoff wild pitch. The first game was against the Yankees on September 8, 2013 (Ichiro Suzuki scored with Brandon Workman on the mound). The last time any team won a 1-0 game on a walkoff wild pitch was Henderson Alvarez's no-hitter for the Marlins on September 29, 2013.

The Red Sox have only one combined no-hitter in their history, and it was the first one in major league history.  On June 23, 1917, against the Senators, Ruth walked the first batter, punched the plate umpire, and was ejected. Ernie Shore came in and, after the runner was thrown out stealing, retired the next 26 batters.

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