Thanks to Starlin Castro's two-run home run in the seventh inning, the New York Yankees won a game despite recording just one hit for the first time since 1914 in their 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and walked Brett Gardner with one out to bring up Castro, who hit Odorizzi's 1-0 pitch over the center-field fence to break up the no-hit bid, end the shutout and turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead.
"I was just looking for one pitch I could drive," Castro said. "That's what happened."
Castro's seventh home run of the season gave manager Joe Girardi to use his bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman to close the door after Nathan Eovaldi (6-2) pitched six innings of one-run ball.
And they did, striking out seven of the nine batters they faced in three no-hit innings.
"The type of bullpen we've got," Castro said, "it's almost game-over."
Odorizzi (2-3) took a perfect game into the sixth inning before Dustin Ackley reached on a throwing error by Rays shortstop Brad Miller, but was stuck with the loss as Tampa Bay left eight runners on base and went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
"With the way Odorizzi pitched and the way Eovaldi pitched, somebody's going to lose the game and not feel good about it," Gardner said. "Thank goodness Starlin came through in a big spot."
The last time the Yankees won a game despite recording just one hit was on July 10, 1914, the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians that only lasted 5 1/2 innings.
The Yankees also became the 20th team since 1913 to win a game when scoring multiple runs off one (or fewer) hits, according to Baseball-Reference. The Los Angeles Angels achieved the same feat last April.