Brewers through 6 in bid for first combined perfect game

Brewers through 6 in bid for first combined perfect game
Milwaukee Brewers' Brandon Woodruff pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Three Milwaukee Brewers pitchers have combined for six perfect innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

All-Star right-hander Brandon Woodruff made his second start since missing two months with a left oblique strain and struck out three over two innings. Jay Jackson struck out the side in the third, and Gio Gonzalez has followed with three tidy innings.

There have been 23 perfect games in major league history, none of them using more than one pitcher. The Tampa Bay Rays were three outs from a combined perfect game in July against Baltimore.

The Brewers led 2-0 after 5 1/2 innings on home runs by Orlando Arcia and Eric Thames.

Juan Nieves pitched the only no-hitter in Brewers history on April 15, 1987, against the Baltimore Orioles.

Chicago Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano has pitched the only no-hitter at Miller Park since it opened in 2001. Zambrano’s outing came against the Houston Astros in a game relocated to Milwaukee when Hurricane Ike struck the Houston area.

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