MIAMI (AP) — Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter with a most bizarre ending, celebrating in the on-deck circle when the Miami Marlins scored on a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers 1-0 Sunday.
After Alvarez finished off the ninth with the game scoreless, he had to wait to see if it would become an official no-hitter. A Major League Baseball ruling in 1991 said only complete games of nine or more innings with no hits would count.
The Marlins loaded the bases and with pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs at bat, Luke Putkonen (1-3) threw a wild pitch that let Giancarlo Stanton score.
Alvarez was on deck, bat in hand. He took off his helmet and started to celebrate with teammates while still wearing his batting gloves.
Later, Alvarez went into the stands to hug his pregnant wife and kiss her belly.
It was the first of the majors' 282 no-hitters to end on a wild pitch, STATS said.
Alvarez (5-6) struck out four, walked one and hit a batter against a patchwork Tigers lineup on the last day of the season. The 23-year-old righty from Venezuela capped a dismal season for the Marlins in which they finished at 62-100.
Alvarez pitched the fourth season-ending no-hitter ever, and first since Mike Witt of the Angels threw a perfect game at Texas in 1984.
ROCKIES 2, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Cuddyer won his first batting title and Todd Helton singled in the final game of his career to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The NL West champion Dodgers, who lost four of their last five games to finish 92-70, will open the NL division series at Atlanta on Thursday.
The Dodgers said they won't have center fielder Matt Kemp in the postseason because of swelling in a bone in his left ankle.
Cuddyer went 1 for 5 and finished at .331 to win the title by 10 points over Atlanta's Chris Johnson.
Helton was 1 for 4 with a walk, singling his first time up. The first baseman is retiring after 17 seasons.
The sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium gave him a standing ovation before his last at-bat.
Jeff Francis (3-5) won and Rex Brothers got his 19th save in 21 chances. Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-8) took the loss.
PIRATES 4, REDS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jordy Mercer hit an inside-the-park homer and triple, and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds in a matchup of teams that will play for the NL wild card.
They'll open the postseason on Tuesday night at Pittsburgh, the Pirates' first playoff game in 21 years. They've met five times in the playoffs: 1970, 1972, 1975, 1979 and 1990, when the Reds won their last World Series title.
Johnny Cueto (5-2), who is 8-2 career at PNC Park, will face Francisco Liriano (16-8), who is 0-3 in four starts against Cincinnati this season.
The Reds dropped their last five games, matching their season high.
Brandon Cumpton (2-1) gave up a pair of hits in five shutout innings. Kyle Farnsworth got his second save. Greg Reynolds (1-3) took the loss.
BRAVES 12, PHILLIES 5
ATLANTA (AP) — Evan Gattis had a two-run homer among his three hits, Elliot Johnson drove in five runs and the NL East champion Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia.