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In MLB debut, Pirates’ Nick Kingham takes perfect game into 7th before losing it

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Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham delivers his first Major League pitch to the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter during the first inning Sunday, April 29, 2018, at PNC Park.
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Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the field after retiring the Cardinals in the seventh inning Sunday, April 29, 2018, at PNC Park.
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Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham delivers his first Major League pitch to the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter during the first inning Sunday, April 29, 2018, at PNC Park.
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Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham steps out of the dugout to prepare for his Major League debut against the Cardinals Sunday, April 29, 2018, at PNC Park.
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Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham delivers during the fifth inning against the Cardinals Sunday, April 29, 2018, at PNC Park.
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Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham delivers during the fifth inning against the Cardinals on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at PNC Park.
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Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham pumps his fist after retiring the Cardinals in the seventh inning Sunday, April 29, 2018, at PNC Park.
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Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham takes the field for his Major League debut against the Cardinals Sunday, April 29, 2018, at PNC Park.
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Pirates catcher Elias Diaz hits a two-run single during the sixth inning against the Cardinals Sunday, April 29, 2018, at PNC Park.
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The Pirates' Adam Frazier breaks up a double play under Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong Sunday, April 29, 2018, at PNC Park.
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Pirates catcher Elias Diaz celebrates his two-run single during the sixth inning against the Cardinals Sunday, April 29, 2018, at PNC Park.

Nick Kingham had a major league debut for the ages.

The Pirates pitcher took a perfect game into the seventh inning Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park before losing his bid with two outs.

The Cardinals’ Paul DeJong singled to left field to break up the perfect game and no-hitter.

Kingham retired the first 20 batters he faced, the most by any player in his debut in the Expansion Era (since 1961), according to Elias.

Michael Feliz replaced Kingham to start the eighth inning.

Kingham finished with nine strikeouts and no walks.

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