09/25 20:23 CDT Pirates' Keller out after 5 no-hit innings against Indians
Pirates' Keller out after 5 no-hit innings against Indians
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
Pittsburgh Pirates starter Mitch Keller was pulled after five innings despite
not allowing a hit --- and walking eight --- against the Cleveland Indians on
Keller couldn't find the plate in the first inning, when he walked the bases
loaded after throwing balls on 12 of his first 15 pitches. The Indians,
however, scored only once and then didn't capitalize in the third after Keller
walked the bases full for the second time.
Pirates manager Derek Shelton pulled Keller after 98 pitches --- 49 were balls
--- and replaced him with reliever Nik Turley.
Keller threw six no-hit innings in his previous start against St. Louis on
Sept. 19 before leaving and has now thrown 11 straight hitless innings.
Keller is the first NL pitcher with back-to-back no-hit outings of at least
five innings since Johnny Vander Meer threw consecutive no-hitters in 1938,
Gregory Polanco's two-run homer in the fourth off Carlos Carrasco has the
Pirates ahead 2-1.
The closest Cleveland has come to a hit was in the fifth when Jos Ramrez, who
entered as perhaps baseball's hottest hitter, ripped a ball down the line that
first baseman Colin Moran gloved with a diving stop before throwing to Keller
at first in time to beat Ramrez.
The right-hander was sidelined earlier this season with a left oblique injury.
The Pirates haven't had a no-hitter since Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon
combined for one in 1997.
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