The Orioles went into Wednesday with high hopes. They wanted to close their road trip with a win and return home after a long road trip on a positive note.
Instead, they were no-hit.
Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma, who had never thrown a complete game, baffled the Orioles. The Mariners beat the Orioles 3-0.
Iwakuma had no real close calls, and the only noteworthy play came when third baseman Kyle Seager made a fine play to catch up with David Lough’s foul pop near the stands to start the ninth.
After Lough’s out, Manny Machado grounded to short and Gerardo Parra flied to center to finish the no-hitter.
Iwakuma (4-2) walked three and struck out seven.
Kevin Gausman (2-4) allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings.
Seattle (54-61) scored two runs in the third on an RBI double by Franklin Gutierrez and a run-scoring single by Robinson Cano.
They added a third run in the fourth on an RBI double by Jesus Sucre.
The Orioles (57-56) ended the West Coast trip with two consecutive losses, and were 4-5.
The no-hitter was the seventh thrown against the Orioles and the first since Boston’s Clay Buchholz did on Sept. 1, 2007.
Iwakuma is the second Japanese pitcher to throw a no-hitter. Hideo Nomo, who throw one of his two no-hitters against the Orioles in 2001, is the other.
It was the first no-hitter in the American League since the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez pitched one against Tampa Bay on Aug. 15, 2012. It’s the fourth in the majors this year. San Francisco’s Chris Heston, Washington’s Max Scherzer and Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels have the others.
The Orioles are off on Thursday and begin a four-game series against Oakland on Friday night. They have a 10-game homestand, their longest of the season.