he Miami Marlins’ 62 wins were the fewest for any club in the National League, but the team ended the season on a positive note as Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Alvarez, in his third season with the Marlins, accomplished only the third no-hitter of the 2013 MLB regular season in somewhat unusual fashion.
Thinking the Marlins had a 1-0 lead, the 23-year-old Venezuelan celebrated after striking out Matt Tuiasosopo in the top of the 9th inning, only to learn that the score was still knotted at zero.
The real celebration came a few minutes later, as Alvarez, standing in the on-deck circle, watched the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton cross home plate on a two-out wild pitch with the bases loaded.
Major League Baseball ruled in 1991 that only a complete game of at least nine innings with no hits qualifies as a no-hitter.
No previous no-hitter ended on a wild pitch, according to the Web site STATS.
Alvarez threw 99 pitches, striking out four batters and giving up only one walk.