SEATTLE (AP) - Brandon Morrow's bid to become only the second pitcher in modern history to throw a no-hitter in his first major league start ended when pinch-hitter Wilson Betemit doubled with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 3-1 Friday night.
The 24-year-old righty, whose 100 previous big league outings were all in relief, blanked the Yankees until Betemit, batting for Jose Molina, lined a clean drive far over right fielder Ichiro Suzuki. The hit scored Hideki Matsui, who had walked with one out on a close 3-2 pitch.
Bobo Holloman of the St. Louis Browns is the lone pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in his first big league start, doing it against the Philadelphia Athletics on May 6, 1953.
Cincinnati's Bumpus Jones pitched one against Pittsburgh on Oct. 15, 1892, and Ted Breitenstein did it for St. Louis of the American Association against Louisville on Oct. 4, 1891, according the Elias Sports Bureau.
Seattle, with the worst record in the AL, had lost its previous eight games against the Yankees, who dropped 8 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race with just 21 games remaining. With just over three weeks left in the regular season, it appears the Yankees will miss the playoffs for the first 1993.
Morrow, the fifth overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft, struck out eight and walked three. He stomped back to the mound after backing up the plate on Betemit's hit and yelled at himself as catcher Kenji Johjima tapped him on the backside with his mitt. Then manager Jim Riggleman came out to get Morrow, who had passed his pregame pitch limit of 95.
Andy Pettitte (13-12), fading along with the Yankees, lost for the seventh time in eight starts since July 26. He allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, while striking out nine and walking one.
Seattle went ahead when former-Yankee Miguel Cairo doubled leading off the third, took third on a single by Suzuki and scored on Yuniesky Betancourt's sacrifice fly. The Mariners added two runs in the third on a double by rookie Matt Tuiasosopo, who was making his first major league start, Johjima's RBI single and Cairo's run-scoring grounder.