Cincinnati's Bailey no-hits Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds threw the season's seventh no-hitter, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates

1-0 on Friday night.

The seven no-hitters matches the modern record for most in a season, tying 1990 and 1991. There were eight no-hitters in 1884.

The last no-hitter for the Reds was a perfect game by Tom Browning on Sept. 16, 1988. This was the 15th no-hitter in Reds

history.

Bailey (13-10) walked one and struck out 10. He threw 115 pitches and retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out

pinch-hitter Brock Holt then getting pinch-hitter Michael McKenry and Alex Presley to both pop out.

When Presley's popup was caught by second baseman Brandon Phillips, Bailey was mobbed near the mound by teammates who doused

him with water.

The 26-year-old Bailey improved to 5-0 in his six career starts with a 1.19 ERA at PNC Park. All four of his complete games

and both his shutouts have come against Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati, which clinched the NL Central title last Saturday, improved to 95-62. The Reds entered the day one game behind

Washington (95-61) for best record in the NL.

The other no-hitters this season were: the

Chicago White Sox's Philip Humber, the Los Angeles Angels' Jered Weaver,

the New

York Mets' Johan Santana, San Francisco's Matt Cain, Seattle's

Felix Hernandez and a combined six-pitcher effort by the Mariners.

Humber, Cain and Hernandez each had a perfect game.

Pittsburgh (76-81) made its own bit of

history as it was assured of a 20th consecutive non-winning season with

the loss, extending

its major North American professional sports record.

Bailey retired the first six batters before third baseman Scott Rolen failed to handle Clint Barmes' ground ball leading off

the third inning for an error. Bailey then set down 13 straight until walking Andrew McCutchen with one out in the seventh

while clinging to the one-run lead.

McCutchen stole second but then was thrown out by catcher Ryan Hanigan attempting to steal third. Garrett Jones flied out

to the warning track in right field to end the inning.

Cincinnati needed to make just one

above-average defensive play behind Bailey. Left fielder Todd Frazier

ran down Presley's

flare toward the foul line to end the third inning. With the Reds

employing a shift, left-handed Pedro Alvarez lined out to

Rolen leading off the eighth.

A.J. Burnett (16-9) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

The Reds scored the game's lone run in the first inning on Frazier's sacrifice fly after loading the bases with no outs on

singles by Phillips and Zach Cozart and a walk to Joey Votto.

Phillips, Cozart and Rolen all had two hits.

The loss continued the Pirates' downhill spiral. They have gone 13-36 since moving a season-high 16 games over .500 on Aug.

8 with a 63-47 record.

It was the first time Pittsburgh had been no-hit since Hall of Famer Bob Gibson pitched the lone no-hitter of his career in

1971.

NOTES: Cincinnati bench coach Chris Speier

said he had a telephone conversation Friday with Dusty Baker, who has

missed the

last nine games while recovering from a mini-stroke, and the

veteran manager "is feeling very, very good and looking forward

to getting back." Baker is scheduled to rejoin the Reds on Monday

night when they open a three-game series at St. Louis to

end the regular season. . Pittsburgh 2B Neil Walker will miss the

rest of the season because of lower back soreness that has

limited him to just eight games in September. . Reds LF Ryan

Ludwick, who has missed eight straight games with tightness in

his left groin, is expected to return to the lineup Sunday. .

Cincinnati RHP Mike Leake (8-9, 4.73) will face Pittsburgh RHP

Kyle McPherson (0-2, 3.54) on Saturday night.