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Clay Buchholz loses no-hitter in the eighth

The Red Sox starting pitcher lost his attempt to throw the first no-hitter of the season.

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UPDATE: Buchholz lost his no-hitter in the eighth inning. Kelly Johnson hit a single to lead off the eighth inninng, breaking up the no-hit bid.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is attempting to throw the first no-hitter of the season, as he has yet to allow a hit to the Tampa Bay Rays through seven innings.

The right-handed starter has allowed four walks, but has fanned 11 Rays hitters through the first seven innings. He is currently at 99 pitches heading into the top of the eighth, and he should get the chance to finish the game.

It's not shocking that the first no-hitter of the season might come against the Rays. Tampa Bay has been no-hit four times since 2009, with three of the no-hitters perfect games. Mark Buehrle, Dallas Braden and Felix Hernandez have all tossed perfect games against Tampa Bay.

Bucholz has already thrown a no-hitter once in his career. The starting pitcher no-hit the Baltimore Orioles on September 1, 2007 in his second career start. Jon Lester is the most recent Red Sox pitcher to toss a no-hitter as he no-hit the Kansas City Royals on May 19, 2008.

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