Even in the early innings, Henderson Alvarez knew he had a no-hitter going. The score, however, left him confused.
When Alvarez struck out Matt Tuiasosopo to end the top of the ninth, he thought he had completed a no-hitter for a 1-0 Miami Marlins victory. Alvarez raised a fist and then both arms in celebration.
Oops. The score was 0-0.
That changed a short time later, when Giancarlo Stanton scored on a bases-loaded, two-out wild pitch. The Marlins had a 1-0 win, and Alvarez had his no-hitter on the final day of the regular season Sunday.
''I knew I was pitching a no-hitter early in the game, that it was a gem,'' Alvarez said. ''I really wanted to finish it.''
He celebrated in the on-deck circle, where he was standing when Stanton crossed the plate because he was due to hit next. After being mobbed by teammates, the 23-year-old Venezuelan went into the stands to hug his pregnant wife and kiss her belly.
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