He remained confused until he got to the dugout and teammates explained the situation to him.
“With the emotion and nerves, I didn’t realize we hadn’t scored a run yet,” a sheepish Alvarez said. “At the time I thought the game 1-0. I threw my hands up and thought the game was over.”
That changed with the dramatic bottom of the ninth, giving Alvarez the third no-hitter of the year. He joined Homer Bailey of Cincinnati and Tim Lincecum of San Francisco.
A 23-year-old righty from Venezuela, Alvarez 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. In 1975, Vida Blue and three Oakland relievers combined to no-hit the Angels and in 1892, Bumpus Jones of Cincinnati did it against Pittsburgh, STATS said.