Ronel Blanco throws majors’ first no-hitter this season as Astros defeat Blue Jays | CBC Sports

Ronel Blanco of the Houston Astros threw the first major league no-hitter of the season, defeating the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 10-0 on Monday night.

The right-hander struck out seven and walked two. He walked George Springer to start the game and again got two outs in the ninth. As Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finished the game, Blanco smiled broadly before raising his arms above his head just before being mobbed by his teammates.

It was the 17th no-hitter in Astros history and the first in the majors since Philadelphia’s Michael Lorenzen hit against the Washington Nationals on August 9 of last year.

Houston’s previous no-hitter came about a week earlier, when Framber Valdez hit it on Aug. 1 in a 2-0 win over Cleveland.

Kyle Tucker and Yainer Diaz each hit two home runs to provide the offense in this game as the Astros won their first game of the season after losing four times to the Yankees. Houston’s Joe Espada became the first manager in Major League history to get his first win in a no-hitter.

Blanco threw 105 pitches with an average speed of 93.6 mph and 31 fastballs and also threw 36 changeups, 34 sliders and four curveballs. The 30-year-old Dominican sailed through the game and didn’t need too many big plays from his defense, although Cavan Biggio hit a grounder to right with one out in the ninth. First baseman Jose Abreu threw the ball to right and then, while still on the ground, threw to Blanco, who covered the out at first.

In the eighth, Alejandro Kirk hit a ball that Blanco deflected and it rolled away from him. Mauricio Dubon, who had just entered the game at second base for Jose Altuve, rushed in and grabbed the ball before making the first throw to retire Kirk.

Blanco starts his career for the eighth time

Blanco, who had never played a complete game as a professional, was making his eighth major league start and had never pitched more than six innings.

The Astros held Toronto’s Bowden Francis (0-1) to 10 hits and seven runs in his first major league start.

Altuve hit a leadoff single before Tucker’s shot with one out in the inning made it 2-0. There were two outs in the first when Diaz hit his first home run to increase the lead to 3-0.

Pena’s home run to the seats in left field made it 4-0 with one out in the second.

Chas McCormick doubled with one out in the fourth and scored on a two-out single by Jake Meyers to make it 5-0.

Pena extended the lead to 7 with a two-run single in the sixth.

Yordan Alvarez started the seventh period before Tucker scored again to make the score 9-0. There was one out in the inning when Diaz scored again, sending one into the seats in right field to extend the lead to 10-0.

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