Orioles' Jason Hammel one-hits Atlanta | Baseball Notebook
Only a clean, seventh-inning single by Jason Heyward kept the Baltimore pitcher from joining this season's no-hit club.
ATLANTA — Jason Hammel just wanted go deep into the game. He nearly got his first no-hitter in the process.
Hammel pitched a one-hitter for his first career shutout, allowing only Jason Heyward's two-out single in the seventh inning, as the Orioles beat Atlanta 5-0 on Saturday.
"A no-hitter would've been nice, but it gave the bullpen the night off," said Hammel, a 29-year-old right-hander from South Kitsap High School of Port Orchard.
There have already been five no-hitters in the majors this season and Hammel (7-2) made a strong bid to add to the list. He struck out eight, throwing 65 of 102 pitches for strikes.
On April 8, Hammel took a no-hitter into the eighth before beating Minnesota 3-1 in Baltimore. But he had struggled away from Camden Yards, going 1-1 with a 4.76 earned-run average in his previous three road starts.
He walked Atlanta's Dan Uggla to begin the second inning, then retired the next 17 before walking Uggla again in the seventh. Heyward followed with a clean single to left field.
Hammel was 0-2 with a 11.74 ERA in two previous starts in Atlanta.
"These guys have given me nightmares, especially here at Turner Field," he said. "I'm very excited to get out of here with a win."
Santana tosses one-hit gem
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ervin Santana took a perfect game into the seventh inning before finishing with a one-hitter in the Los Angeles Angels' 2-0 victory over Arizona.
Santana (4-7) bounced back from several rough outings by retiring Arizona's first 20 hitters before Justin Upton's two-out single to center in the seventh.
The Dominican right-hander then retired the next five Diamondbacks before pinch-hitter Miguel Montero drew a four-pitch walk in the ninth, but Santana finished up his first complete game of the season with two fly balls.
Santana had allowed nothing even close to a hit before Upton's clean single back up the middle. The Angel Stadium crowd of 42,483 responded with a standing ovation for a pitcher who bounced back from a lousy four-game stretch with a start that nearly equaled his no-hitter last July 27 in Cleveland.
With the 18th one-hitter in club history, Santana joined Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to throw a no-hitter and a one-hitter for the Angels.
The Angels already had their first no-hitter in 21 years when Jered Weaver blanked Minnesota on May 2.
Lee still looking for first win
TORONTO — The Philadelphia Phillies found yet another way to cost Cliff Lee his first victory of the season.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins made a costly throwing error in the eighth inning as Toronto rallied and beat the Phillies 6-5 in 10 innings.
Lee (0-3) got a no-decision and has an 11-game winless streak since beating Atlanta in his final regular-season start last year, on Sept. 26.
Philadelphia led 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth. But a bad throw to second base by Rollins sailed into right field and allowed two Blue Jays to score as they chased Lee.
"We take a lot of pride in playing defense, we've done it for years," Rollins said. "But this year, I don't know, it's been crazy."
Lee, who pitched for the Mariners in 2010 before being traded to Texas, matched a season high by allowing five runs and gave up a season-high 12 hits in seven-plus innings.
"I can only control what I can control. I'm not going to get frustrated," the left-hander said. "Obviously I would like to have more wins. I would like for us to win more, period. What's the point in getting frustrated about it?
"They're a good offense," Lee said of the Blue Jays. "They hit some good pitches."
• Cleveland's Michael Brantley went 0 for 3, ending the majors' longest hitting streak this season at 22 games.
• Texas OF Josh Hamilton was released from a hospital after becoming dehydrated Friday with an intestinal virus.
• Red Sox ace Josh Beckett went on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right shoulder. Boston already has 10 players on the DL, including OFs Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford.