Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Beckett tossed his first career no-hitter and the first for the Dodgers in almost two decades, as Los Angeles claimed a 6-0 decision over Philadelphia in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Beckett (3-1) threw 128 pitches, 80 for strikes, walking three and fanning six during his memorable outing. Hideo Nomo had been the last Dodgers hurler to hold the opposition hitless, in a 9-0 victory at Colorado on Sept. 17, 1996.
The Phillies hadn't been held hitless since April 16, 1978 in a 5-0 loss at St. Louis with Bob Forsch earning the victory.
Staked to a comfortable lead, Beckett went through the Phils' lineup with no issues in the sixth and seventh thanks to three groundouts, two fly outs and a pop out. He fanned Domonic Brown looking to start the eighth, then induced a grounder to shortstop from Wil Nieves and fanned Cesar Hernandez.
In the ninth, Beckett induced a fly to short left from Tony Gwynn, Jr. gloved down by shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena. Adrian Gonzalez then snared a sharp grounder from Ben Revere and fed Beckett covering first, but Jimmy Rollins followed with a walk to end the veteran right-hander's streak of 23 straight batters retired.
Rollins moved up on defensive indifference with Chase Utley at the plate. Utley began walking towards first after a 3-1 pitch appeared to be outside, but was instead called a strike. Beckett then froze Utley on a low, inside fastball to end the contest.
Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and Justin Turner homered for the Dodgers.
Utley and Marlon Byrd were the only other players to reach base for the Phillies, who have been shut out six times in the month of May and suffered their first nine-inning no-hit game at home since Montreal's Bill Stoneman claimed a 7-0 victory on April 17, 1969 at Connie Mack Stadium.
A.J. Burnett (3-4), who was Beckett's teammate with the Marlins in the early 2000s, was charged with 11 hits and six runs -