Houston Astros no-hitters

astroscoltsjerseysThe Houston Astros franchise, which joined the National League as an expansion franchise in 1962 under the name Houston Colt .45’s, have 11 no-hitters over the team’s history. That’s pretty impressive, considering several franchises that have been around much longer haven’t reached that mark.

In one of the oddest no-hitters in major league history, the Astros’ Ken Johnson no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in 1964 but lost the game 1-0 due to errors. Johnson remains the only single pitcher to lose a nine-inning no-hitter.

The Astros also set the record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter (six), although the mark has since been tied.

Here are the Houston Astros’ no-hitters:

1 Don Nottebart
  HOUSTON COLT .45’s (NL)
  Friday, May 17, 1963
Houston Colt .45s 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Colt Stadium (Houston)
(Mets’ expansion partner gets first no hitter early in second season; the Mets would have to wait 49 more years.)
2 Ken Johnson
  HOUSTON COLT .45’s (NL)
  Thursday, April 23, 1964
Cincinnati Reds 1, Houston Colt .45s 0 (a loss)
Colt Stadium (Houston)
3 Don Wilson
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Sunday, June 18, 1967
Houston Astros 2, Atlanta Braves 0
Astrodome (Houston)
(His first of two no-hitters)
4 Don Wilson
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
5 Larry Dierker
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Friday, July 9, 1976
Houston Astros 6, Montreal Expos 0
Astrodome (Houston)
6 Ken Forsch
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Saturday, April 7, 1979
Houston Astros 6, Atlanta Braves 0
Astrodome (Houston)
(Ken and Bob Forsch become the first brothers to pitch MLB no-hitters.)
7 Nolan Ryan
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Saturday, September 26, 1981
Houston Astros 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Astrodome (Houston)
(His fifth of seven no-hitters, setting a new major league record with one more than Sandy Koufax.)
8 Mike Scott
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, September 25, 1986
Houston Astros 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Astrodome (Houston)
(Game clinches National League West division for Astros.)
9 Darryl Kile
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Wednesday, September 8, 1993
Houston Astros 7, New York Mets 1
Astrodome (Houston)
10 Roy Oswalt (1 inn.)
Peter Munro (2 2/3 inn.)
Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3 inn.)
Brad Lidge (2 inn.)
Octavio Dotel (1 inn.)
Billy Wagner (1 inn.)
  Houston Astros (NL team in IL game)
  Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Houston Astros 8, New York Yankees 0
Yankee Stadium (New York)
(Most pitchers used in a no hitter in MLB history.)
11 Mike Fiers
  Houston Astros (AL team in IL game)
  Friday, August 21, 2015
Houston Astros 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Minute Maid Park (Houston)

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8 thoughts on “Houston Astros no-hitters”

  1. are the Astros the only team to throw a no-hitter as a National League team, and now an American League team in interleague play?

    1. Yes. Even more interesting as their most recent two are as an NL team against an AL team and as an AL team against an NL team.

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