Cristian Javier Nov 2, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier (53) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning in game four of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Cristian Javier did his best Nolan Ryan impersonation on Wednesday night.

Houston Astros relievers Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero, and Ryan Pressly came in throwing smoke.

The result: the Astros no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies in World Series Game 4, winning 5-0 to even the World Series at 2-2.

It’s only the second no-hitter in World Series history. New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen tossed a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

Javier dominated from the start, pitching six hitless innings before leaving after 97 pitches. It’s the first time in 53 years a pitcher has had a no-hitter through six innings in the World Series. Jerry Koosman pulled the feat in Game 2 of the 1969 World Series.

While he didn’t get a chance to go the distance, Javier struck out nine and walked two, throwing 63 strikes. Abreu, Montero, and Pressly pitched one inning apiece and struck out a combined five batters.

It’s the second time this season Javier has been part of a combined no-hitter. The 25-year-old pitcher combined with Pressly and Héctor Neris to no-hit the New York Yankees on June 25.

The baseball world – minus Phillies fans — celebrated the historic achievement on Twitter.

Game 5 is Thursday night in Philadelphia at 8:03 p.m.

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