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Rangers lose no-no in the ninth inning

TEAM WORKTexas starter Rich Harden was lifted after 111 pitches because he just came off the disabled list, leaving the bullpen to try to preserve the no-hitter



Joe Mauer’s clean single to center field with one out in the ninth inning broke up the no-hit bid of four Texas Rangers pitchers.

The Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 on Monday night in the sixth no-hitter this season broken up in the ninth inning.

Starter Rich Harden was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and he went six-and-two-thirds innings before being lifted after throwing 111 pitches. Matt Harrison got the final out of the seventh. Darren O’Day pitched the eighth and All-Star closer Neftali Feliz got one in the ninth before Mauer singled.

Texas prevailed in the matchup of division leaders, but fell two outs shy of its first no-hitter since Kenny Rogers’ perfect game against California on July 28, 1994.


In Toronto, Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, then added a tiebreaking solo drive in the eighth inning for his 40th of the season, as Toronto beat New York.

It was the sixth multihomer game of this year for Bautista, who leads the majors in home runs.

Bautista connected off right-hander David Robertson (2-4) in the eighth.

Scott Downs (5-5) pitched one inning for the win and Kevin Gregg finished in the ninth for his 28th save in 32 chances.

Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out 12.


In Detroit, Ryan Raburn drove in three runs and scored twice to help Detroit continue a strong homestand with a win over Kansas City.

Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge also drove in three runs for the Tigers, who are 4-0 since returning home and have outscored the opposition 31-6.

Jeremy Bonderman (7-9) got the win, ending a three-start losing streak by allowing two runs on eight hits in six innings.

Bruce Chen (8-7) lasted just four-and-a-third innings for Kansas City, allowing five runs on five hits and five walks.

In other AL play, it was:

• Rays 4, Angels 3

• Red Sox 6, Mariners 3



Mike Coleman, a rookie right-hander, took a one-hitter into the seventh inning as Chicago Cubs interim manager Mike Quade had a successful debut on Monday in a 9-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Making his second start and sixth major league appearance, Coleman (1-1) allowed one run and three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. He faced only three batters above the minimum until the seventh, when he gave up consecutive hits followed by Ivan Rodridguez’s RBI groundout. Coleman collected his first major league hit, a single punched through a drawn-in infield in the fifth that also produced his first RBI.


In Denver, Todd Helton’s first four-hit game in more than a year included the tiebreaking RBI single off Jonny Venters in the eighth inning that lifted Colorado to a win over Atlanta.

Helton singled over second base to score Carlos Gonzalez from second and make a winner of reliever Rafael Betancourt (4-1), who gave up the tying run in the top of the eighth.

Huston Street got the final three outs for his 11th save in 15 chances.

Helton, who has started to break out of a season-long slump this month, had not had a four-hit game since July 16 last year, against San Diego.


In Pittsburgh, Albert Pujols hit a three-run home run one pitch after injured Pittsburgh starter Ross Ohlendorf was pulled during a four-run St Louis first inning, as the Cardinals moved to within a game of the National League wild card lead.

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