Edwin Jackson throws no-hitter for Diamondbacks

Edwin Jackson threw the fourth no-hitter of the season to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1 - 0 victory of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Edwin Jackson of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a no hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Edwin Jackson settled down after a wild start to throw the fourth no-hitter of the season of the pitcher, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1-0 victory Friday.

Jackson walked eight, all but one in the first three innings, and threw a season-high 149 pitches in the second no-hitter in Diamondbacks' history. This is the third time the Rays have been no-hit since last July, including Dallas Braden's perfect game at Oakland on May 9.

Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez no-hit Atlanta on April 17 and Philadelphia's Roy Halladay tossed a perfect game at Florida on May 29.

Jason Bartlett grounded to shortstop for the final out and Jackson's teammates mobbed him on the field.

Jackson pitched for the Rays from 2006-08. His only other shutout in 126 career starts came for Tampa Bay in 2007.

"To be able to come back and give the crowd I used to play for something to see," Jackson said. "Today is just a special day. Something I'll never forget."

Jackson walked the bases loaded in the third but was bailed out by a stellar play by third baseman Mark Reynolds, who spun around to throw out Ben Zobrist at home plate.

Reynolds made another big play on a sharp line drive by Bartlett in the seventh. In the eighth, Miguel Montero threw out pinch-runner Carl Crawford trying to steal second after Carlos Pena reached on an error.

Jackson was so wild and the pitch count unusually high that the Diamondbacks had relievers warming up from the sixth inning on.

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