Rays’ Drew Rasmussen perfect through 7 against Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Drew Rasmussen had a perfect seven-inning game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Rasmussen threw 63 pitches, 45 for strikes. He has five strikeouts and Tampa Bay has a 4-0 lead.

Baltimore’s Adley Rutschman flew to the cautionary track in the center of the first. Former Ray Brett Phillips had a buzz on hard drive Rasmussen with two outs in the sixth, but shortstop Taylor Walls lined the ball up and threw to first for the out.

Rasmussen was going three hitless innings in his previous start on Aug. 7 in Detroit, an abbreviated outing to manage his workload for the season. His longest career start was seven innings, on June 4 against the Chicago White Sox.

There hasn’t been a perfect major league game since Seattle’s Felix Hernandez accomplished the feat at home against the Rays on Aug. 15, 2012.

Tampa Bay has never thrown a perfect game. Matt Garza has only the Rays no-hitter, coming on July 26, 2010, at Tropicana Field against Detroit.

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