Erasmo Ramirez loses no-hitter in eighth inning vs. the Yankees

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UPDATE: Carlos Beltran led off the top of the eighth inning with a hard-struck ball which deflected off first baseman Richie Shaffer for a single. Tough way to lose it, but the no-hit bid is over.

9:04 p.m. ET: Rays right-hander Erasmo Ramirez is working on something special tonight against the Yankees, as he has yet to allow a hit over the first seven innings.

Ramirez has allowed a pair of walks while striking out six batters. He owes an assist to Mikie Mahtook, who just made an excellent leaping catch at the right field wall to rob Brian McCann before doubling off Brett Gardner at second base to end the top of the seventh. Amazing play. Ramirez is currently at 88 pitches.

The interesting thing here is that CC Sabathia has thrown six scoreless innings of his own. The Rays haven’t scored a run in 20 innings. Something’s going to have to give for Ramirez to finish this off and make some history.