Canadian James Paxton pitched nine no-hit innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night, lifting the Seattle Mariners to a 5-0 victory.
Paxton, from Ladner, B.C., is the first Canadian to have a no-hitter since Toronto’s Dick Fowler did it for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1945.
He (2-1) struck out seven and walked three batters in a 99-pitch masterpiece. He raised both arms in the air after the final out — a ground ball to third base from Josh Donaldson — before his teammates mobbed him on the mound.
The crowd of 20,513 gave Paxton a rousing standing ovation.
Mike Zunino homered for the Mariners (20-14) and Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Haniger also drove in runs.
Marcus Stroman (0-5) allowed five runs and nine hits over five innings. He also walked two and struck out a pair as Toronto dropped to 19-17 on the season.
Paxton cruised through most of the game, with two walks in the third inning his only real blemish. It was the only time the Blue Jays had a runner past first base.