Baltimore Orioles third baseman Hanser Alberto singled to lead off the ninth inning Sunday to spoil the Tampa Bay Rays’ attempt to become the first team in major league history to throw a combined perfect game.
The first 24 Orioles were retired in order before the right-handed-hitting Alberto sent a soft single through the right side of the infield off Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to break up the perfect game.
Right-hander Ryne Stanek was the opener, and he struck out two while taking care of the first two innings. Yarbrough, just recalled from Triple-A Durham, retired the next 18 batters before Alberto broke up both the perfect game and no-hitter.
Stevie Wilkerson and Anthony Santander had hits later in the ninth as Baltimore also broke up the shutdown before eventually falling 4-1.