Felix Hernandez pitches a perfect game

Thursday August 16th, 2012

Mariners hurler Felix Hernandez pitched the 23rd perfect game in MLB history, blanking the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

King Felix….indeed.

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League History on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays getting the 27th and final out when Rays third baseman Sean Rodriguez struck out looking.

The Mariners won the game 1-0. It was the first perfect game in Mariners history.

It is the third perfect game this season. San Francisco's Matt Cain threw a perfect game on June 13 against the Houston Astros. Chicago's Philip Humber pitched one April 21 against the Seattle Mariners.

The Rays are first franchise in major league history to be the losing team in three perfect games in the regular season. Chicago White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle threw one against the Rays in 2009 and Oakland's Dallas Braden threw one in 2010. The Dodgers' franchise has had three perfect games against them, including Yankee pitcher Don Larsen's gem in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

Hernandez, the 2010 AL Cy Young winner, recorded his fourth shutout of the season. He threw 112 pitches, 77 for strikes and struck out 12. Tampa Bay's Jeremy Helliickson took the loss. He pitched 7 innings, allowing five hits and one run on Jesus Montero's run scoring single in the 3rd inning.

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