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Dodgers bullpen combines to no-hit Padres in Mexico

  • Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler throws against the San Diego Padres during a baseball game, in Monterrey, Mexico, Friday, May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)

MONTERREY, Mexico >> The Dodgers have the most no-hitters in the majors — and now the most in Mexico, too.

Walker Buehler and a trio of Los Angeles relievers combined for the franchise’s 23rd no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a neutral-site series Friday night.

Mexico had waited since 1999 to host a regular-season major league game, and it got a historic one: the first no-hitter ever outside the U.S. or Canada and the 12th combined no-hitter in major league history.

Buehler pitched six innings in his third major league start. The touted rookie right-hander struck out eight and walked three over 93 pitches before handing off to left-hander Tony Cingrani, who walked two in the seventh but kept the no-no intact.

Yimi Garcia struck out two in a perfect eighth and Adam Liberatore threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Franchy Cordero to end it.

Buehler’s highest pitch count in the majors is 94 pitches, reached in his previous outing against San Francisco.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts isn’t afraid to pull a young pitcher during a no-hitter. He removed then-rookie Ross Stripling from a bid against San Francisco with one out in the eighth inning in 2016. Reliever Chris Hatcher allowed a home run to the next batter.

This one worked out better for Roberts, giving baseball its second no-hitter of the season. Oakland left-hander Sean Manaea threw the first against Boston on April 21.

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