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Baseball: Reds' Bailey tosses second career no-hitter

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Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey threw the second no-hitter of his career Tuesday as the Reds blanked the San Francisco Giants 3-0 at Great American Ball Park.

The 27-year-old Bailey's other no-hitter was the last of the 2012 Major League Baseball season and the right-handed pitcher followed that up Tuesday with the first of this season.

"Every dog has his day twice," Bailey said.

Bailey got Giants' batter Gregor Blanco to ground out to third for the final out of the game. His teammates mobbed Bailey and soaked him in Gatorade in a wild celebration at the pitcher's mound.

"To be able to share it with all of these guys it is a big thrill for me. It really makes me feel good," Bailey said.

Bailey had a perfect game heading into the seventh inning until walking Blanco for the lone Giant baserunner of the contest.

Bailey said he first started to think about the no-hitter after completing the seventh inning.

"Going into eighth I just said 'Why the hell not? Here we go again.'"

This marks the 16th no-hitter in franchise history and the second one thrown by Bailey in a 20-start span. His other no-hitter came on September 28 at Pittsburgh.

Bailey tied a team record with his two no-hitters, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer.

"He was dealing. He had a dynamite fastball and showed great control," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "What a game. I can't quit smiling. I'm so glad for Homer."

The last player to pitch the final no-hitter of a season and the first of the following one was hall-of-famer Nolan Ryan who did it in 1974 and 1975. Warren Spahn accomplished a similar feat for the Milwaukee Braves in 1960-61. There were seven no-hitters in 2012.

Bailey improved to 5-6 on the year as he threw 109 total pitches, including 74 for strikes.

Blanco led off the seventh inning with a walk. He went to second on Marco Scutaro's groundout and then tried to go to third when Buster Posey hit a soft one to first. Reds' Joey Votto snagged the ball on the bounce and fired to third, where Blanco was tagged out.

Giants' Pablo Sandoval then struck out swinging to keep the no-hitter bid alive.

"To be here in front of this crowd meant a lot," Bailey said. "Any time a ball is put in play in those situations, you get nervous."

Bailey disappeared from the dugout and into the tunnel when it was the Reds' turn to bat.

"By going into the tunnel it clears my mind and keeps me centred," he said.

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