Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull throws no-hitter vs. Mariners in 5-0 win

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Spencer Turnbull claimed the fifth no-hitter of the 2021 MLB season.

Turnbull struck out nine on a career-high 117 pitches Tuesday night at T-Mobile Park in Seattle to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-0 win over the Mariners.

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Turnbull (3-2) threw the eighth no-hitter in Tigers history, the first since Justin Verlander did so in 2011. 

It marks the fifth no-hitter this year in Major League Baseball, the most thrown in a single season since 2015. It is the first time since the 1917 season that five no-hitters were thrown in a single season through May 18, too, according to The Associated Press.

“It’s just surreal, I don’t really have words right now,” Turnbull said on Bally Sports Detroit. “[It’s] probably the best day, best night of my life to be honest with you. It’s pretty freaking cool.”

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Three runners reached base on Turnbull, as he walked Jarred Kelenic in the fourth inning and Jose Marmolejos in the ninth. Kelenic grounded into a fielder's choice in the ninth.

Tuesday was just the first time that Turnbull threw more than seven innings in 49 career starts. The 28-year-old is in his fourth season with the Tigers. He held a 3.91 ERA headed into Tuesday’s contest.

The Mariners have now been no-hit twice this season, after Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means got them earlier this month. They are the first team since 1900 to be no-hit twice in the same month, according to ESPN

The Tigers celebrate after Spencer Turnbull's no-hitter against the Mariners in 2021
Spencer Turnbull of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with his teammates after his no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on May 18, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Tigers beat the Mariners 5-0. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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