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Santana pitches no-hitter for Angels

PERFECT GAME:Ervin Santana pitched the third no-hitter in the major leagues this season, and the first solo no-hitter for Los Angeles since Sept. 30, 1984


Starting pitcher Ervin Santana of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the ninth inning of a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday in Cleveland, Ohio. The Angels defeated the Indians 3-1.

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Ervin Santana pitched the first solo no-hitter for the Angels in nearly 27 years, striking out 10 batters to lead Los Angeles over the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Wednesday.

Santana allowed two runners — an error on the leadoff batter that resulted in a first-inning run and a walk in the eighth.

Santana (6-8) threw the Angels’ first complete-game no-hitter since Mike Witt’s perfect game on Sept. 30, 1984, against Texas. Mark Langston (7 innings) and Witt (2 innings) combined to hold Seattle hitless on April 11, 1990.

This was the third no-hitter in the major leagues this season. Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano did it against the White Sox on May 3 and Detroit’s Justin Verlander beat Toronto on May 7.

This was the first no-hitter at Progressive Field, a ballpark that opened as Jacobs Field in 1994. The last pitcher to hold the Indians hitless was Jim Abbott of the Yankees on Sept. 4, 1993.

The win was Santana’s third in 11 starts since May 30.


In New York, Seattle ended their 17-game losing streak as Ichiro Suzuki and rookie Dustin Ackley led a 17-hit attack against New York.

Felix Hernandez (9-9) pitched seven innings for his third straight win in the Bronx. Suzuki had four hits and scored two runs. Ackley tripled among his three hits and drove in three runs.

Seattle scored five runs off three relievers in the seventh — highlighted by Mike Carp’s bases-loaded triple.

It was the longest skid in the major leagues since Kansas City lost 19 in 2005.

The Mariners came in hitting .218 during the streak. Phil Hughes (1-3) allowed nine hits and two runs over six innings.


In Chicago, Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the season as Chicago downed Detroit.

De Aza, who was called up earlier in the day to fill a roster spot opened by a trade, connected against Max Scherzer (11-6) in the second for his first major league homer.

Austin Jackson hit a leadoff homer in the seventh, but that was it for Detroit against John Danks (4-8) and two relievers.

Danks matched a career high with 10 strikeouts while improving to 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA in his last six starts. The left-hander allowed six hits and walked three.

Sergio Santos got the last out for his 21st save.


In Toronto, Ricky Romero came within two outs of a complete game to win for the first time in five starts and J.P. Arencibia homered as Toronto blanked Baltimore.

Romero (8-9) struck out Adam Jones to begin the ninth, but was replaced by Jon Rauch after Vladimir Guerrero reached on a wild third strike and Derrek Lee was hit by a pitch. The left-hander allowed four hits, walked three and struck out nine.

Rauch got Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds to fly out, recording his eighth save in 12 opportunities.

Romero had not won since June 26 in St Louis, going 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in four starts. He is 5-1 in his past seven starts against Baltimore, including 4-0 at home.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Red Sox 12, Royals 5

‧ Twins 7, Rangers 2

‧ Athletics 13, Rays 4



Matt Cain pitched into the eighth inning to outduel Cole Hamels and lead the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

The National League West leaders won for the third time in four games, and big-name help was on the way. The defending World Series champions agreed to a trade with the Mets for All-Star slugger Carlos Beltran, who told his New York teammates he had waived his no-trade clause and accepted the deal.

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