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Marco Estrada loses no-hitter in the eighth inning against the Red Sox


Update (3:52 PM EDT): It’s over. Chris Young hit a one-out solo home run over the Green Monster to make it a 5-1 game.


Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada has held the potent Red Sox offense without a hit through seven innings thus far in Sunday’s start at Fenway Park. He has walked three and struck out four on 98 pitches.

The Jays’ offense has backed Estrada with five runs. Jose Bautista hit a solo home run off of Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez in the first. Darwin Barney hit a solo homer of his own in the third, and Edwin Encarnacion would hit a two-run shot later in the inning. In the sixth, Russell Martin went deep with the bases empty off of Rodriguez.

To date Dave Stieb is the only Blue Jay to author a no-hitter, doing so on September 2, 1990 against the Indians. The Red Sox were last victims of a no-hitter on April 22, 1993 at the hands of Mariners pitcher Chris Bosio.

We’ll keep you updated as Estrada attempts to finish off the no-hitter.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).