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Major League Baseball has such an illustrious history that it’s remarkable that there are still things that haven’t been done yet.
Another item was removed from the list on Wednesday.
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Luis Garcia throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas Wednesday June 15, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Houston Astros pitchers Luis Garcia and Phil Maton each threw a flawless inning against the Texas Rangers — nine pitches and three strikeouts.
Astros and Rangers officials said it is the first time in MLB history that two nine-field innings and three strikeouts have been played in the same game by either one team or each team against each other.
“It feels so good because it’s history,” Garcia added via MLB.com. “I’m so happy for myself and for Phil. I don’t know what to say. I am just happy.”
The icing on the cake? Houston managed the 9-2 victory. Martin Maldonado had a helping hand with a two-run double in the first inning and a homer in the fourth.
Houston Astros’ Martin Maldonado hugs teammate Michael Brantley (23) after Maldonado hit a solo home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Others)
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“To be a part of that whenever you make history … I’m glad I was in that situation,” he said.
Astros manager Dusty Baker added, “We haven’t had a first inning like this in a long time. A few records, the same guys we beat nine pitches in a row. … So it was a good day for us.”
Garcia and Maton became the eighth and ninth pitchers to pitch flawless innings in Astros history. Will Harris last made it in 2019 against the Lost Angeles Angels and Brandon Backe in 2004 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Houston Astros relief pitcher Phil Maton, left, has his hand checked for debris while walking to the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas Wednesday June 15, 2022. The Astros won 9- 2. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
“It’s super cool. It’s not something you go out here every day and obviously aspire to. Obviously you’re trying to hit every slugger you’re facing,” Maton said. “I’m still kind of trying to take care of it. Cool experience.”
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Garcia went six innings and allowed two runs — one earned — on four hits and knocked out nine. Maton replaced him, and his lone inning knocked out all three batsmen.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is a sports editor at Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to [email protected]