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Watch: Cardinals’ Austin Gomber’s no-hit bid delayed by fire alarm

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Austin Gomber was in the midst of making a bid for a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds when a fire alarm at Great American Ball Park delayed the game for approximately seven minutes.

Gomber had not surrendered a hit to the Cincinnati Reds batters through six innings.Things took an odd turn the next time he took the mound.

When Gomber attempted to continue his dominant performance in the seventh inning, shrieking fire alarms and flashing lights shut the game down.

Gomber attempted to stay lose by throwing warm-up pitches until order was restored. But his best efforts to remain in the zone proved futile, as Gomber surrendered a one-out single to Joey Votto. He surrendered a game-tying, two-run homer to Eugenio Suarez a few pitches later, ending his night.

As far as conspiracy theories go, it’s certainly odd for a fire alarm to disrupt an MLB game. By no means is it being suggested the Reds deliberately delayed the game. That said, Gomber’s standout performance marks the second night in a row that a Cardinals pitcher carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning.