Ervin Santana had started 10 games against the Indians in his career and earned his first victory against Cleveland on Wednesday -- but that's not the story. The story is that he did it without allowing a hit.
Santana struck out 10 and walked one in his no-hitter and a 3-1 Angels victory.
Only an Erick Aybar error kept the game from being a perfect game into the eighth inning -- and kept Santana from picking up the shutout. Ezequiel Carrera led off the bottom of the first with a ball misplayed by Aybar and then stole second. He went to third on Asdrubal Cabrera's one-out ground out and scored on a wild pitch, to give Cleveland a lead.
After Carrera's error, Santana retired 22 in a row before walking Lonnie Chisenhall with one out in the eighth inning.
Santana is the first pitcher to allow a run, but no hits since Darryl Kile's no-hitter on Sept. 8, 1993 for the Astros against the Mets. In 2008, Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo didn't allow a hit and gave up two runs to the Dodgers, but that wasn't considered a no-hitter because the Dodgers didn't bat in the ninth.
In his last start, Santana took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Orioles and ended up allowing three in 7 2/3 innings in a victory.
Here's a list of no-hitters in American League history and the last no-hitter for each franchise.