A’s Fiers blanks Reds for second career no-hitter

Oakland Athletics right-hander Mike Fiers pitched his second career no-hitter, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 2-0 win Tuesday.

Fiers, 33, also threw a no-hitter in 2015 for the Houston Astros against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He threw a career-high 134 pitches in that game.

On Tuesday, Fiers threw 131 pitches, striking out six and walking two for the 13th no-hitter in A’s history.

It’s the first time the A’s have had no-hitters in back-to-back seasons, following Sean Manaea’s no-no last season against the Boston Red Sox.

Oakland backed Fiers with two outstanding defensive plays in the sixth inning. Second baseman Jurickson Profar made a diving catch on Kyle Farmer’s popup into short right field, and center fielder Ramon Laureano made a leaping catch at the fence to rob Joey Votto of extra bases to end the inning.

With Fiers’ no-hitter, five pitchers currently on MLB rosters have multiple career no-hitters: Justin Verlander, Jake Arrieta, Max Scherzer, Homer Bailey and Fiers.

Fiers is the eighth pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter with multiple teams, joining Nolan Ryan (3 teams), Cy Young (2), Randy Johnson (2), Adonis Terry (2), Jim Bunning (2), Ted Breitenstein (2) and Hideo Nomo (2).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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