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Michael Wacha's no-hitter gets broken in the 9nth inning

What a performance from Wacha!

Michael Wacha's no-hitter gets broken in the 9nth inning

Michael Wacha's no-hitter gets broken in the 9nth inning

Michael Wacha's no-hitter gets broken in the 9nth inning

Michael Wacha's no-hitter gets broken in the 9nth inning

Michael Wacha's no-hitter gets broken in the 9nth inning

Michael Wacha's no-hitter gets broken in the 9nth inning

 Now two seasons removed from the arm trouble that interrupted into his ascension into the top tier of starting pitchers, Michael Wacha has spent 2018 re-asserting himself as a star. He stated that in a forceful way Sunday, carrying a no-hitter into the ninth of a 5-0 win over the Pirates.

 

Wacha jogged out for the ninth to a rousing ovation, but his season-high 111th pitch was looped into right field for a pinch-hit single by Colin Moran, leaving history dangling three short outs away and ending his afternoon. But the right-hander dominated up until that point.

Spotted a four-run lead courtesy of Marcell Ozuna's grand slam in the first, Wacha retired his first 15 hitters in order and 13 in a row after issuing two walks in the fifth. Those free passes were the only thing separating him from perfection for much of the day in front of a sellout crowd of 44,432 at Busch Stadium.

In all, Wacha struck out eight and induced 12 ground ball outs over eight scoreless frames to improve to 7-1 with a 2.41 ERA on the year. Wacha has not lost since the season's opening week, a span of 11 starts.

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