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Iwakuma's no-hitter sends Orioles on long flight home

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Iwakuma's no-hitter sends Orioles on long flight home

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.

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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.

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park