Felix Hernandez dominated the Tampa Bay Rays from start to finish on Tuesday afternoon, and the result was a perfect game as the Mariners beat the Rays, 1-0.
Hernandez struck out 12 batters during his epic performance, throwing 77 out of 130 pitches for strikes. He seemingly improved as the game went on, striking out the side in the eighth inning as well as notching two Ks in the ninth. With the win, Hernandez is now 11-5 on the season, with a 2.60 ERA.
The perfect game represented the first in Mariners history, as well as their fourth no-hitter. Safeco Field has been a magical place for pitching performances this season, as the Mariners pitched a combined no-hitter on June 8th, and Philip Humber of the White Sox tossed a perfect game on April 21st.
Hernandez is the third pitcher to throw a perfect game in 2012, joining Humber and Matt Cain.