Marlins' Alvarez flirting with no-hitterMiami Marlins' Henderson Alvarez pitches against the Miami Marlins in the first inning of an interleague baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez had not allowed a hit after nine innings Sunday, but the game against the Detroit Tigers was scoreless heading to the bottom of the ninth.
Alvarez had struck out four, walked one and hit a batter. Twice the Tigers were robbed of hits by fine defensive plays, including Alvarez's leaping snare of Don Kelly's one-hopper before he threw to first for the second out in the ninth.
Alvarez struck out Matt Tuiasosopo on a 3-2 pitch - his 99th - to end the top of the ninth.
Baseball appointed an eight-man committee on statistical accuracy in 1991 that defined no-hitters as games of nine innings or more that ended with no hits. That dropped 50 disputed games from the no-hit list.