Nolan Ryan, pitching what could be the final game of his career, flirted with a no-hitter for the fifth time this season, pitching 7 1/3 perfect innings and reaching 300 strikeouts as Texas beat California 2-0.
Ryan, whose bid for his first perfect game ended with solid single to right-center by former Angel teammate Brian Downing, struck out 13 batters and finished the season with 301. Ryan raised his major-league record for strikeouts to 5,076.Ryan got No. 300 by striking out Dick Schofield leading off the ninth. It was the sixth time Ryan has struck out 300 or more in a season and the first time since 1977.
Dante Bichette followed Downing with a single, and Ryan settled for a three-hitter when Mark MacLemore singled with one out in the ninth.
Ryan, who has an option year remaining on his Ranger contract, has not said if he plans to return for a 24th season. He has scheduled a news conference for Monday in Arlington, Texas, to announce his plans. Ryan has said he is considering running for office in Texas.
He struck out the side in the sixth inning, marking the 304th time he had accomplished that.
It was the 90th time he has pitched a complete game allowing four hits or less. It was the 18th time this season he struck 10 or more - a Texas record.