Recap SF at NYM
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Heston, a 27-year-old rookie making his 13th career start, threw the 17th no-hitter in Giants history on Tuesday night, striking out 11 in a 5-0 win over the New York Mets.
Heston (6-4) hit two batters in the fourth inning and one in the ninth, the only baserunners he allowed in the first no-hitter by any pitcher this season.
He struck out the last three batters of the game, becoming the first San Francisco pitcher to throw a no-no since Tim Lincecum on June 25 last year against San Diego.
The right-hander became the 22nd rookie in MLB history to throw a no-hitter, and the first since Clay Buchholz for Boston on Sept. 1, 2007.
"I've never thrown one before so it's real exciting," said Heston. "You try not to think about it because it creeps into your mind in later innings. I was just trying to stick to the game plan, keep the ball down and hit the strike zone and let these guys work."
Heston also had a two-run single while Joe Panik and Matt Duffy hit solo home runs for San Francisco, which has won three of its last four games.
Noah Syndergaard (2-4) allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings for the Mets, who have dropped three of their past four games.
The last time the Mets were no-hit was Sept. 8, 1993, by the late Darryl Kile, pitching for the Houston Astros.
"He pitched a great game," New York manager Terry Collins said of Heston. "His stuff was right on the corners, changed things up and did all the things a pitcher is supposed to do. You have to give him all the credit and he deserves it, he pitched a great game."
Three outs away from the no-no, Heston plunked Anthony Recker with his first pitch in the ninth, but then struck out Danny Muno, Curtis Granderson and Ruben Tejada, all looking, to secure his place in the history books.
"It was a pretty exciting moment and definitely something I will remember forever," said Heston. "I wasn't even sure where to go after the final out, I just wanted to turn around and give Buster (Posey) a hug."
The last no-hitter in the majors was thrown by Washington's Jordan Zimmermann against Miami on the last day of the 2014 season.
It was the fourth straight year a San Francisco pitcher notched a no-no, as Matt Cain tossed a perfect game in 2012 and Lincecum had no-nos in 2013 and 2014.
Nori Aoki beat out an infield single to start the game and moved to third on a hit-and-run thanks to a Panik single up the middle. Angel Pagan then grounded into a fielder's choice to score Aoki and give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
The Giants plated two more runs in the fourth on Heston's two-run single to make it a 3-0 game.
Duffy led off the sixth with his fifth home run of the season, and Panik did the same in the seventh for his fifth of the season and a 5-0 game.