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Orioles' Freddy Garcia loses no-hit bid in seventh inning

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Freddy Garcia (Getty)
Freddy Garcia took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. (Getty)

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In his first start since being recalled from Triple-A, Orioles right-hander Freddy Garcia did not allow a hit in his first six innings against the Angels on Saturday afternoon. Erick Aybar broke up the no-hitter bid with a bloop single to center to lead off the seventh. Garcia threw only 65 pitches through six innings.

The 36-year-old Garcia walked Mark Trumbo to lead off the second inning, the only base runner he allowed prior to Aybar's single. Thanks to a ground-ball double play later that inning, he had faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings.

Baltimore signed Garcia to a minor-league contract near the end of spring training. He was starting in the place of Jake Arrieta, who was sent to the minors a few weeks ago after pitching to a 64 ERA+ in four starts. Garcia made five starts for Triple-A Norfolk before being recalled, posting a 2.67 ERA.

Last year with the Yankees, Garcia went 7-6 with a 5.20 ERA in 107 1/3 innings spread across 17 starts and 13 relief appearances. The big-league veteran owns a career 152-101 record with a 4.15 ERA. He originally signed with the Astros as a teenager out of Venezuela, being traded to the Mariners as part of a package for Randy Johnson in 1998. Garcia has also pitched for the White Sox, Phillies and Tigers.

The last Orioles no-hitter was against the Athletics in July 1991. Four pitchers, including former All-Stars Mike Flanagan and Gregg Olson, pitched in that game. The last one-pitcher no-hitter by the Baltimore franchise came way back in in August 1969. Hall of Famer Jim Palmer did the honors.

The Angels were last no-hit by Eric Milton of the Twins in September 1999. It's worth noting Josh Hamilton was not in Saturday's starting lineup, so Angels manager Mike Scioscia had a pretty great pinch-hitter at his disposal in case the no-hitter lasted a few more innings.

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