PHILADELPHIA -- Josh Beckett started talking about throwing a no-hitter in the fourth inning, ignoring traditional superstitions while making his catcher nervous.
The big, folksy Texan had stuff that was too dominant to worry about a jinx.
Beckett pitched his first no-hitter and the first in the majors this season as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on Sunday.
"I was joking about it because I was waiting for them to get a hit," Beckett said. "You don't think at this point of your career that you're going to do that."
Beckett stuck out six, walked three and didn't come close to allowing a hit. The 34-year-old right-hander threw 128 pitches. He got Chase Utley on a called strike three to end the game.
"It's very special. It takes really good defense behind you, a little luck sprinkled in and making pitches when you need to make pitches," Beckett said.
Beckett pitched the Dodgers' first no-hitter since Hideo Nomo beat Colorado at Coors Field in 1996, and the 21st in franchise history.
"I knew he had something special going early," catcher Drew Butera said. "I was a nervous wreck from the fourth inning on when he said he had never taken one this far. He's a guy who is going to keep it loose, and he didn't want anybody to be thinking about it."
Beckett pitched the first no-hitter in the majors since Miami's Henderson Alvarez did it against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 season.
Beckett also became the first visiting pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Philadelphia since Montreal's Bill Stoneman stopped the Phillies on April 17, 1969, at Connie Mack Stadium.
All of the defensive plays behind Beckett were routine. Domonic Brown had the hardest out, a liner that left fielder Carl Crawford ran down near the warning track in the fifth.
"It was awesome. You think about it pretty much from the fourth on. I'm not one of those guys that carried a lot of no-hitters deep into games," he said.
Beckett's longest previous bid was 62/3 innings before allowing a single to Detroit's Curtis Granderson on June 3, 2009.
Beckett (3-1) got a standing ovation from the crowd of 36,141 at Citizens Bank Park after recording the final out.
Last July, Beckett had a rib removed in thoracic outlet syndrome surgery to fix a condition that was affecting his right arm. He went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight games in 2013. He started this season on the disabled list with a thumb injury.
"I just wanted to help the team," he said. "You always want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem."