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SEATTLE (AP) Felix Hernandez pitched the Seattle Mariners' first perfect game and the 23rd in baseball history, overpowering the Tampa Bay Rays in a brilliant 1-0 victory.
Hernandez (11-5) threw his arms up to the sky and was mobbed by his teammates at the pitcher's mound after the final out. He embraced catcher John Jaso for a few seconds and then shared hugs with the rest of his teammates.
The Mariners' ace and former AL Cy Young Award winner has long talked of his desire to achieve pitching perfection. He finally accomplished it against the Rays, striking out the side twice and finishing with 12 strikeouts.
It was the third perfect game in baseball this season, joining gems by Chicago's Philip Humber against the Mariners in April and San Francisco's Matt Cain against Houston in June. Six Seattle pitchers combined on a no-hitter against the Dodgers in June.