Santana Tosses Historic Gem

Santana celebrates his no-no.

In his start against the Orioles last weekend, Angels right-hander Ervin Santana flirted with a no-hitter.

On Wednesday, he went home with one.

Santana pitched the third no-hitter in the major leagues this season, allowing an unearned run in the first inning and a walk in the eighth as the Angels beat the Indians 3-1.

"Everybody dreams about it," Santana said of his first no-hitter. "It's a dream come true."

The Indians' first batter reached base on an error by Angels shortstop Erick Aybar and eventually scored on a wild pitch by Santana. But Santana retired 22 consecutive batters after the error, walked a batter with one out in the eighth, then retired the final five Indians in order.

Santana struck out 10 in the game, including five of the final eight batters.

"That is the best stuff I've ever seen him have," Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick said.

"Everything he threw was nasty. His fastball was always on the corners."

Santana's no-hitter was the first by a single Angels pitcher since Mike Witt threw a perfect game in the final game of the regular season Sept. 30, 1984 in Texas. In between, Mark Langston and Witt combined on a no-hitter against the Mariners on April 11, 1990, and Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined on an eight-inning no-hitter which they lost 1-0 at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2008

Halo Notes

--RHP Ervin Santana's no-hitter Wednesday was the third in the major leagues this season -- and all three pitchers had losing records going into their no-hitters. Twins LHP Francisco Liriano was 1-4 before no-hitting the White Sox on May 3. Tigers RHP Justin Verlander was 2-3 before no-hitting the Blue Jays on May 7, and Santana was 5-8 going into Wednesday's game in Cleveland.

--Santana's no-hitter came on the same field where he made his major league debut by giving up the cycle to the first four batters he faced (triple, double, single and home run in that order) on May 17, 2005. Santana had never beaten the Indians in 10 starts before Wednesday.

--OF Mike Trout made his first start in left field Wednesday, teaming with CF Peter Bourjos for the first time. Most projections have Trout moving to a corner outfield position in the future if he and Bourjos are in the outfield together, but manager Mike Scioscia said he would not speculate on future lineups.

--CF Peter Bourjos was hitless in his first 11 at-bats after being activated from the disabled list Saturday before going 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI single, a run and a stolen base Wednesday. His seven triples are tied for second in the American League.

--2B Howie Kendrick was 1-for-3 with a run Wednesday and made the only exceptional defensive play to keep the no-hitter going. He ranged up the middle to backhand 2B Jason Kipnis' grounder and throw him out at first. Kendrick is on a 10-for-21 (.476) run.

--3B Freddy Sandoval was 12-for-38 (.316) with two RBI and two stolen bases in his first 11 Class AAA games since he was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Salt Lake. Sandoval missed the first half of the season due to a (left side muscle strain.

BY THE NUMBERS: 105 -- Pitches thrown by RHP Ervin Santana in his no-hitter Wednesday. He retired the side on 10 pitches or fewer five times.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was great -- the most fun I've ever had on a baseball field, I'll tell you that much." -- C Bobby Wilson, after catching RHP Ervin Santana's no-hitter Wednesday.

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