Pivetta has no-hitter for Red Sox through 6 against Rays

Thu Jun 24 9:26pm ET

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 24, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Tampa Bay Rays' Wander Franco reacts after striking out against Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 24, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Boston Red Sox's Nick Pivetta goes into his windup against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 24, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Boston Red Sox pitcher Nick Pivetta has a no-hitter through six innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.

Pivetta retired his first nine batters before Brandon Lowe walked leading off the fourth. The right-hander issued his second free pass to Yandy Diaz with one out in the fifth, one batter before right fielder Hunter Renfroe made a leaping catch on the warning track to take away an extra-base hit from Ji-Man Choi.

Lowe also reached base in the sixth with two outs when he was hit by a pitch.

Tampa Bay starter Michael Wacha took a no-hitter into the fifth before Christian Vazquez got the game's first hit with two outs when he lifted a soft fly ball to center field on a half-swing against an 88 mph changeup.

Pivetta has eight strikeouts and two walks. He's thrown 85 pitches.

The game was scoreless through six innings.

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