Jered Weaver stymies Twins for first career no-hitter

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We’ve got a big no-no alert tonight out in Anaheim.

Angels starter Jered Weaver is just three outs away from completing a no-hitter against the Twins. He’s fanned eight batters and walked just one in a dominant showing against a punchless Minnesota lineup, and is sitting on 111 pitches as the game moves to the bottom of the eight inning.

We’ll update Weaver’s progress out by out.

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UPDATE, 12:32 AM: Twins reliever Matt Capps retired Vernon Wells, Albert Pujols and Kendrys Morales in order in the bottom of the eighth. Weaver will take the mound in the ninth with a shot at history.

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UPDATE, 12:33 AM: Weaver gets the Twins’ Jamey Carroll to fly out to left field for the first out.

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UPDATE, 12:35 AM: Weaver fans Denard Span, painting a called third strike inside. Two down.

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UPDATE, 12:36 AM: Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla sent a fly ball to the warning track in right field that was chased down by Torii Hunter for the third out. That’s it. Weaver’s first career no-hitter.

“I’m at a loss for words right now, man,” Weaver told the Angels’ television broadcast and the 27,000 fans at Angel Stadium after completing the feat. “It hasn’t even kicked in yet. Thank you guys for all the support.”

The 29-year-old right-hander finished with a pitch count of 121 (77 of which were strikes) and nine punchouts.

Mike Leake loses perfect game bid on leadoff single in the ninth

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Just one week after Taylor Cole and Felix Peña tossed a combined no-hitter against Seattle, Mariners right-hander Mike Leake worked on his own perfect game through eight innings against the Angels.

It was an ambitious form of revenge, and one that Leake served up perfectly as he held the Angels scoreless in frame after frame. He sprinkled a handful of strikeouts throughout the first eight innings, catching Matt Thaiss on a called strike three in the third and getting two whiffs — called strikeouts against both Brian Goodwin and Shohei Ohtani — in the fourth.

The Mariners, meanwhile, put up a good fight against the Angels, backing Leake’s attempt with 10 runs — their first double-digit total since a 13-3 rout of the Orioles on June 23. Daniel Vogelbach led things off in the fourth with a three-run homer off of reliever Jaime Barria, then repeated the feat with another three-run shot off Barria in the fifth. Tom Murphy and J.P. Crawford helped pad the lead as well with a two-RBI single and two-RBI double, respectively.

In the ninth, with just three outs remaining, the Angels finally managed to break through. Luis Rengifo worked a 1-1 count against Leake, then returned an 85.3-m.p.h. changeup to right field for a base hit, dismantling the perfecto and the no-hitter in one fell swoop. Leake lost control of the ball following the hit, issuing four straight balls to Kevan Smith in the next at-bat and giving the Angels their first runner in scoring position. Still at a pitch count of just 90, however, he induced the next two outs in quick fashion and polished off the win with a triumphant eight-pitch strikeout against Mike Trout for the first one-hitter (and Maddux) of his career.

Had Leake successfully closed out the perfecto, it would’ve been the first of his decade-long career in the majors and the first the Mariners had seen since Félix Hernández’s perfect game against the Rays in August 2012. For their part, the Angels have yet to be on the losing end of a perfecto. The last time they were shut out in a no-hitter was 1999, at the hands of then-Twins pitcher Eric Milton.