Dallas Braden threw the 19th perfect game in MLB history. It was his 53rd start, the 2nd-fewest by anyone to throw a perfect game. He's the 7th lefty to throw a perfect game, which made the Athletics just the 4th team with multiple perfect games (White Sox, Yankees, Indians). Braden was the first pitcher to throw a perfect game against a team that entered the day with the best record in the major leagues. The Rays began Sunday with a 22–8 mark, a half-game game better than the Yankees (21–8).
Braden threw the 19th perfect game in MLB history. There have been 4 fewer unassisted triple plays AND 4-home run games. Back in August of 2009, Eric Bruntlett had the 15th unassisted triple play-- it came vs the Mets. And in 2003, the Blue Jays Carlos Delgado had the 15th 4-HR game.
No perfect game is easy, but think about how hard this one was - the Rays entered the day at 22-8, which is the best winning percentage in MLB history by a team that got no-hit. The previous record was held by Nolan Ryan who no-hit the A's in 1990, and the previous best by a lefty was Sandy Koufax in 1964.
Note: The Elias Sports Bureau contributed to this report.