Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/9/12

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SEATTLE -- The season's third no-hitter was by far the most unusual.

Kevin Millwood pitched six no-hit innings before having to exit because of a mild strain of his right groin, and five relievers preserved the gem Friday night as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0.

It tied the record for the most pitchers ever used in a no-hitter, and it was the third no-no in the Mariners' history. The others were by Randy Johnson in 1990 and Chris Bosio in 1993.

The Mariners were on the other end of the season's first no-hitter, actually a perfect game by Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox on April 21. Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels no-hit Minnesota on May 2.

Seattle scored the only run of Friday's game in the seventh inning when, with two outs, Ichiro Suzuki reached on an infield single, Dustin Ackley walked and Kyle Seager drove in the run with a single to left field.

Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the ninth inning, and it was not without controversy. Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon led off the inning with a slow roller to shortstop and was called out at first on a bang-bang play.

"Unbelievable play. He does it time and time again," Wilhelmsen said of Ryan.

Elian Herrera then lined out to Ryan, and Andre Ethier grounded out to second to end it.

The Dodgers had threatened in the eighth when Stephen Pryor, the Mariners' third pitcher, walked the first two hitters. James Loney moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt against reliever Lucas Luetge, but Brandon League came in to get A.J. Ellis on a liner to left that wasn't deep enough to score the run and then struck out Tony Gwynn Jr.

It was ironic that Ryan should make the play that preserved the no-hitter, given that it was his decision to not run to first base on the final out that gave Humber his perfect game. Ryan stood at home plate and protested when plate umpire Brian Runge ruled that he had swung at a full-count pitch that went to the backstop.

Another irony: The plate umpire Friday was ... Runge.

Millwood had cruised through six innings but was unable to complete his first warmup toss before the seventh and immediately signaled to the dugout that he was done. Charlie Furbush came in and, after his own one-out error, struck out Ethier and Juan Rivera.

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