Phil Humber threw the first perfect game in Major League Baseball in almost two years, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
It was MLB's 21st perfect game and first since Philadelphia's Roy Halladay threw one against the Florida Marlins in May 2010. It was the third in White Sox history, joining Mark Buehrle against Tampa Bay in 2009, and Charles Robertson against Detroit in 1922.
With the White Sox lined up on the top step of the dugout, Humber fell behind 3-0 to Michael Saunders leading off the ninth. But he rebounded to strike him out. John Jaso then flied out before Brendan Ryan, another pinch-hitter, struck out to end the game.
Humber, who underwent elbow surgery in 2005, fell to his knees when it was over, and his teammates rushed to the mound to congratulate him.
"This is awesome," Humber said. "I'm so thankful."
Humber struck out nine and had a three-ball count only three times.
It was the first no-hitter of the season. There were three last season: Francisco Liriano of Minnesota, Justin Verlander of Detroit, and Ervin Santana of the Los Angeles Angels.