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Nationals Pitcher Tosses No-Hitter — but How Close He Comes to a Perfect Game Is Heartbreaking

Scherzer immediately grimaced ...

Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals throws to a Pittsburgh Pirates batter in the first inning at Nationals Park on June 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Image source: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — Max Scherzer pitched a no-hitter Saturday, losing his perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning when he hit a batter in the Washington Nationals' 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals throws to a Pittsburgh Pirates batter in the first inning at Nationals Park on June 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Image source: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Scherzer dominated in retiring the first 26 batters and was one strike from throwing the 22nd perfect game in major league history since 1900.

Pinch-hitter Jose Tabata fouled off a pair of 2-2 pitches before Scherzer clipped him on the elbow with a breaking ball. Scherzer immediately grimaced as Tabata took his base.

Scherzer then retired Josh Harrison on a deep fly to left.

Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after throwing a no-hitter during the Nationals 6-0 win over Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on June 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Image source: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Scherzer struck out 10 Pirates. In his previous start, he took a perfect game bid into the seventh at Milwaukee and finished with a one-hitter and 16 strikeouts.

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