Beckett throws no-hitter

Beckett celebrates his no-hitter with catcher Drew Butera and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, marking the first no-hitter of his career and the first in the majors this season.

Beckett’s gem is the first no-hitter by a Dodgers pitcher since Hideo Nomo in 1996.

“It was awesome,” Beckett said after the 6-0 victory. “You think about it pretty much from the fourth [inning] on. I’m not one of those guys that carried a lot of no-hitters deep into games.”

The closest Beckett, 34, had previously come to a no-hitter was against the Tampa Bay Rays back in June 2011 when he allowed a third inning infield single in a 3-0 shutout win.

Beckett (3-1, 2.48) threw 128 pitches, struck out six and walked three in becoming the first visiting pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Phillies since the Expos’ Bill Stoneman in 1969.