Jackson Goes Nine, Throws No-Hitter, D-backs Smother Rays 1-0

D-backs RHP Edwin Jackson went nine innings, allowing no hits, and became only the second pitcher in Diamondbacks history to complete a no-hitter. Snakes beat Tampa 1-0.

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Edwin Jackson Throws Second No-Hitter In D-backs History, Downs Rays 1-0

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Edwin Jackson recorded his first career no-hitter as Arizona topped Tampa Bay, 1-0, in the opener of a three-game interleague set from Tropicana Field.

It wasn't a classic performance by Jackson, who held his former team hitless despite walking eight and hitting a batter. He threw 149 pitches and struck out six for the second no-hit game in Diamondbacks franchise history.

Only Randy Johnson -- who hurled a perfect game -- had accomplished the feat previously for Arizona, on May 18, 2004 at Atlanta.

The effort was preserved when Carlos Pena's grounder to second with one out in the eighth was booted by Stephen Drew and ruled an error, before Matt Joyce popped out. Then, with B.J. Upton at the plate, pinch-runner Carl Crawford was thrown out trying to steal second.

In the ninth, Jackson started by striking out Upton looking. Hank Blalock was retired on a soft fly to left, but pinch-hitter Willy Aybar walked on four pitches.

Jason Bartlett was retired on a grounder to Drew for the final out.

Jackson (5-6) turned in his second nine-inning start of the season, following a no-decision during a 1-0 loss in 14 frames at Los Angeles on June 2.

Adam LaRoche's second-inning homer was the lone run for Arizona, which snapped a two-game slide.

Jeff Niemann (6-2) was the hard-luck loser despite scattering six hits and a run with eight strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings.

Tampa Bay, which has dropped seven of its last nine games, was no-hit for the third time in less than a calendar year. Mark Buehrle of the White Sox turned in a 5-0 perfect-game victory on July 23, 2009 in Chicago, and Dallas Braden also hurled a perfect game in a 4-0 Athletics triumph in Oakland on May 9.

The Diamondbacks got all the offense they needed when LaRoche launched a one- out solo shot to right for a 1-0 game. From there, it was up to Jackson's will to survive his own problems.

He was able to work out of trouble in the first with runners on the corners and two outs, then stranded two more in the second.

Tampa loaded the bases in the third with nobody out after Ben Zobrist walked and stole second, Evan Longoria walked and Pena also drew a base on balls. The home team came up empty after Joyce flied out, Upton grounded into a fielder's choice at home and Blalock bounced out to second.

Following quiet fourth and fifth frames, Jackson plunked Upton in the sixth but again skirted disaster by stranding him on second after Blalock grounded out and Sean Rodriguez struck out.

Bartlett, John Jaso and Zobrist went down in order in the seventh, and Longoria's fly to right started the eighth.

Jackson, who pitched for Tampa Bay from 2006-08, threw 79 strikes...Niemann threw 106 pitches, 64 for strikes...LaRoche's homer was his 11th of the season...Arizona has won three of the last four meetings, dating back to June, 2007...Tampa Bay also wound up on the receiving end of a no-hit game on April 27, 2002 at Boston, when Derek Lowe won by a 10-0 count.

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A Battle Of Uptons: Justin Vs. B.J. As D-backs And Rays Meet, 4:10 p.m. AZT

(Sports Network) - There are plenty of storylines to choose from this evening when the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game set at Tropicana Field.

Edwin Jackson will be facing the Rays for the first time since being dealt by them after the 2008 campaign, while tonight's tilt will also feature the first meting between the Upton brothers, B.J. and Justin.

More importantly, though, for B.J. Upton and the Rays is they will be trying to string back-to-back wins together after salvaging the finale of their three-game set with the San Diego Padres on Thursday. Upton, Kelly Shoppach and Carlos Pena each hit solo home runs while Willy Aybar donated a two-run single for the Rays in the 5-3 win.

Matt Garza (8-5) got the win as over eight innings of work he was charged with three runs on six hits. He added five strikeouts to win for the third time in his past four starts.

"It's been rolling the wrong way for way too long, man, come on," Tampa manager Joe Maddon said. "That was a thought I had during the game. The only way the roll comes back to you is if you keep pushing, if you keep grinding, you keep trying. If you stop doing that, the momentum keeps rolling in your face. We were able to push the momentum back the other way today, and that's a good thing."

The win was just the second in the last eight games for the Rays, who now trail the first-place New York Yankees by two games in the American League East.

Hoping to keep the Rays in the win column tonight will be righty Jeff Niemann, who is 6-1 with a 2.84 earned run average. Niemann did not get a decision on Saturday in Florida, as he allowed two runs and four hits in six innings of a 9-8 win.

This will be his first appearance against the D-Backs, who will pin their hopes on the right-handed Jackson. Jackson pitched for the Rays from 2006-08, but was dealt to Detroit following his career-best 14 win campaign.

"I have good memories everywhere I played, but they're memories," Jackson said. "I'm with a new team -- it's a new start. Sometimes the past is the past, and you have to keep moving with the present."

Jackson faced another former team on Saturday in the Tigers and he picked up the win, surrendering four runs (three earned) and nine hits in 7 2/3 innings to up his record to 4-6 to go along with a 5.05 ERA.

He beat the Rays the only other time he faced them, giving up three runs in eight innings.

Arizona enters tonight's tilt having lost two in a row after taking the opener of their three-game set with the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks lost the finale on Wednesday, 6-5, in 10 innings.

After Curtis Granderson put the Yanks ahead in the top half of the 10th with a home run, Arizona loaded the bases with no outs, but Mariano Rivera retired the next three batters, sending the D-Backs to their seventh loss in nine tries.

Arizona took two of three from the Rays the last time these teams met back in 2007.

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