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Iwakuma steers Mariners past Orioles

‘EXTREMELY HAPPY’:Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners struck out seven in throwing the first no-hitter by any American League pitcher in nearly three years

AP, SEATTLE

Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners, fourth left, is congratulated by teammates after throwing a no-hitter to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday.

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Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma has become the second Japanese-born pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter, leading the Mariners to a 3-0 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday.

Iwakuma took the individual plaudits on a day when St Louis again took the team laurels. The Cardinals, who boast the best record in the majors, beat Pittsburgh, their nearest rival in the National League Central, to stretch their lead to seven games.

Kansas City, which have the biggest division lead of any team, stumbled late and lost at home against Detroit, while Houston pitcher Scott Feldman delivered an overdue win as the Astros had a shutout victory at San Francisco.

Iwakuma struck out seven in throwing the first no-hitter by any American League pitcher in nearly three years. He joins Hideo Nomo, who threw two no-nos, as the only Japanese-born pitchers to accomplish the feat.

Iwakuma is the fourth pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season, joining Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels — prior to his trade to Texas — Washington’s Max Scherzer and San Francisco’s Chris Heston.

“To be honest, I never thought I would accomplish a no-hitter,” said Iwakuma, who threw 116 pitches and walked three batters in front of a crowd of 25,600 at Safeco Field. “I can’t find words to express my feelings. Extremely happy.”

St Louis’ Yadier Molina tripled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 4-2.

The game did not live up to the anticipated marquee pitching matchup between Michael Wacha (14-4) and Gerrit Cole (14-6), both of whom were gone by the seventh inning, but Wacha did enough to join Cole and Seattle’s Felix Hernandez in the majors lead for wins.

Detroit’s Ian Kinsler doubled home two runs and the Tigers sent ten batters to the plate in a four-run eighth inning that sealed a 7-4 win against Kansas City.

Royals starter Edinson Volquez (11-7) had retired 13 straight batters entering the eighth but then gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases with none out. Kinsler doubled to score two and end Volquez’s night.

The loss snapped the Royals’ eight-game home winning streak, their longest since 2003.

Houston’s Scott Feldman earned his first win in more than two months, as the Astros hung on to beat San Francisco 2-0.

Feldman (5-5) missed 45 games earlier this season with a torn meniscus and had been winless in four starts since.

Colby Rasmus homered leading off the seventh for the Astros, who put a positive cap on an otherwise disappointing road trip that ended with a 2-7 record.

Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw tied Sandy Koufax’s franchise record of six straight 200-strikeout seasons while pitching eight scoreless innings to guide the Dodgers to a 2-0 win against Washington.

Kershaw (10-6) did not allow any runners on base until the sixth inning. He equaled the mark set by Koufax from 1961-to-1966. Koufax and Tom Seaver (1968-76) had been the only pitchers in modern National League history to accomplish the feat in six or more consecutive seasons.

Toronto surged to the top of the AL East standings with a 10th straight win, beating Oakland 10-3 after a pair of three-run homers from Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak.

The Blue Jays trailed the New York Yankees by six games on July 31. However, after making several bold trades, they have gone on a streak that now put them half a game ahead of the Yankees.

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