Braden perfect on Mother's Day

Braden perfect on Mother's Day

OAKLAND -- Dallas Braden tossed the second perfect game in the Athletics franchise history on Sunday, in Oakland's 4-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Not since Catfish Hunter's perfect effort on May 8, 1968, had an A's pitcher retired all 27 batters that he faced. Mark Buehrle was the last Major League pitcher to accomplish the feat, when he threw a perfect game against the Rays on May 23, 2009.

Braden needed 109 pitches to complete the feat, tossing 77 strikes.

The start also marked the first time an A's pitcher threw a no-hitter since Dave Stewart did it in Toronto on June 29, 1990. It was the first no-hitter thrown in the Oakland Coliseum since four Baltimore pitchers combined to accomplish the feat on July 13, 1991.

Alex Espinoza is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.