Nola takes no-no into 7th, Phils top Jays and lead NL East

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Another stellar performance from their ace and a big homer from their best pinch-hitter have lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to heights they haven't reached in seven years.

Aaron Nola took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Nick Williams hit his third pinch-hit homer of the year in the eighth and the Phillies moved into first in the NL East Saturday with a 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

''It's pretty cool,'' Nola said. ''It's the first time I've been in first place since I've been up. We still have to go play baseball. We got some good teams coming up.''

Nola did not allow a hit until Russell Martin's RBI single to left in the seventh, which tied the game at 1. After cruising through the first six innings, Nola came back out to work the seventh after a 13-minute rain delay - the second short delay of the game - and walked Justin Smoak and Yangervis Solarte before Martin came through, ending the right-hander's day.

''I really wasn't thinking about the no-hitter more than `Let's tie this game up,''' Martin said. ''Just tried to battle. He was making tough pitches all night long. I finally got a changeup that was up a little bit and found a hole. I'll definitely take it. We definitely didn't want to get no-hit for the second time this year.''

Seattle's James Paxton no-hit Toronto on May 8.

Nola struck out 10 and walked three. He threw 113 pitches, matching a career high set on June 27, 2017.

''They were taking some good pitches,'' Nola said. ''I was just trying to get ahead, and I felt like I did that pretty well. I just thought they kind of ran my pitch count up. They laid off some good pitches. The defense helped me.''

Williams turned on an 0-1 cutter from Joe Biagini (0-4) to break the tie and allow Philadelphia to take a half-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East. It was the latest in a season the Phillies had been in first since the conclusion of the 2011 season, when they won 102 games.

''I was just looking for something up, something to drive. Something that I could hit hard. Especially in that situation. I was trying to get something going,'' Williams said.

Williams leads the majors in pinch-hit RBIs (8) and total bases (19). His three pinch-hit homers tied Miami's Justin Boar for tops in baseball.

Seranthony Dominguez (1-0), who relieved Nola, allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings for his first major league win. Luis Garcia worked the ninth for his first save in his second opportunity.

Jaime Garcia allowed five hits in seven innings and gave up his only run on Maikel Franco's homer leading off the fifth.

TRYING SOMETHING NEW

Martin played his first career game at shortstop. The longtime catcher has made 33 appearances at third base and four at second. The Blue Jays have used seven players at shortstop this season.

The last player age 35 or older to make his first start at shortstop was Jeff Cirillo, who was 36 years, 255 days on June 5, 2006. Martin was 35 years, 100 days on Saturday.

''As a kid growing up, my dream was to always play shortstop at the major league level,'' Martin said. ''I got away from it when I got converted to being a catcher after my first season in pro ball. But I've always felt like I've had the ability to play there. Getting that opportunity was awesome.''

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (6-3, 3.97 ERA) will return to the place his career started for the final game of the series. Happ pitched with the Phillies in 2009-10 before being packaged as part of the trade that landed Roy Oswalt in Philadelphia. Happ went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits, in the Blue Jays' win over the Angels on Tuesday.

Phillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (4-2, 3.23) has won his last three starts, allowing one earned run in 19 innings while striking out 25 and walking two. The 25-year-old native of Victoria, British Columbia, will be making his first career start against the Blue Jays.

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  • W: S. Dominguez (1-0)L: J. Biagini (0-4)S: L. Garcia (1)
  • HR: PHI - M. Franco (8), N. Williams (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Hernandez RF40000003.247.295.487.7820.0
Y. Solarte 2B20000100.267.332.497.8291.0
R. Martin SS30110010.161.288.322.6101.5
D. Smith LF30000012.269.345.500.845-0.5
L. Maile C30000020.291.378.456.833-1.0
J. Garcia P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- K. Pillar PH-CF10100000.283.325.466.7911.0
  • a-singled for Garcia in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000000.269.377.419.7970.0
R. Hoskins LF40100000.240.374.425.7991.0
O. Herrera CF30000001.333.398.522.9201.0
C. Santana 1B40000022.200.322.429.751-1.0
A. Altherr RF30000010.190.327.364.690-0.5
M. Franco 3B31211000.263.298.468.7667.0
S. Kingery SS30200010.221.274.338.6121.5
J. Alfaro C30000013.240.292.355.648-0.5
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  • a-homered for Dominguez in the 8th
BATTING
  • RBI - R. Martin (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Martin (6)
BATTING
  • HR - M. Franco (8), N. Williams (4)
  • RBI - M. Franco (31), N. Williams (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Hernandez-Franco-Santana; Franco-Hernandez-Santana)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia7.05110515.521.5120.5
J. Biagini (L, 0-4)0.21110017.911.86-7.0
A. Loup0.10000003.001.190.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia7.0
J. Biagini (L, 0-4)0.2
A. Loup0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola6.211131002.270.9821.0
S. Dominguez (W, 1-0)1.11000100.000.199.5
L. Garcia (S, 1)1.01000103.050.879.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola6.2
S. Dominguez (W, 1-0)1.1
L. Garcia (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Loup
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 73-52, J. Biagini 7-6, A. Loup 8-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 9-7, J. Biagini 1-1, A. Loup 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 26, J. Biagini 3, A. Loup 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 113-68, S. Dominguez 12-8, L. Garcia 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 8-2, S. Dominguez 2-0, L. Garcia 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 24, S. Dominguez 4, L. Garcia 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Loup P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Donaldson 3B30100100.229.325.427.7522.0
J. Smoak 1B31000132.250.373.440.8130.5
T. Hernandez RF40000003.247.295.487.7820.0
Y. Solarte 2B20000100.267.332.497.8291.0
R. Martin SS30110010.161.288.322.6101.5
D. Smith LF30000012.269.345.500.845-0.5
L. Maile C30000020.291.378.456.833-1.0
J. Garcia P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- K. Pillar PH-CF10100000.283.325.466.7911.0
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  • a-singled for Garcia in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000000.269.377.419.7970.0
R. Hoskins LF40100000.240.374.425.7991.0
O. Herrera CF30000001.333.398.522.9201.0
C. Santana 1B40000022.200.322.429.751-1.0
A. Altherr RF30000010.190.327.364.690-0.5
M. Franco 3B31211000.263.298.468.7667.0
S. Kingery SS30200010.221.274.338.6121.5
J. Alfaro C30000013.240.292.355.648-0.5
A. Nola P20000000.050.095.050.1450.0
S. Dominguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- N. Williams PH11111000.234.308.404.7126.0
L. Garcia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-homered for Dominguez in the 8th
BATTING
  • RBI - R. Martin (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Martin (6)
BATTING
  • HR - M. Franco (8), N. Williams (4)
  • RBI - M. Franco (31), N. Williams (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Hernandez-Franco-Santana; Franco-Hernandez-Santana)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia7.05110515.521.5120.5
J. Biagini (L, 0-4)0.21110017.911.86-7.0
A. Loup0.10000003.001.190.0
Total8.0622052---
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia7.0
J. Biagini (L, 0-4)0.2
A. Loup0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola6.211131002.270.9821.0
S. Dominguez (W, 1-0)1.11000100.000.199.5
L. Garcia (S, 1)1.01000103.050.879.5
Total9.03113120---
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola6.2
S. Dominguez (W, 1-0)1.1
L. Garcia (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Loup
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 73-52, J. Biagini 7-6, A. Loup 8-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 9-7, J. Biagini 1-1, A. Loup 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 26, J. Biagini 3, A. Loup 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 113-68, S. Dominguez 12-8, L. Garcia 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 8-2, S. Dominguez 2-0, L. Garcia 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 24, S. Dominguez 4, L. Garcia 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Williams homered to center12
  • 7TH INNING
    Martin singled to left, Smoak scored, Solarte to second11
  • 5TH INNING
    Franco homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Luis Garcia pitching
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Donaldson reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • J. Smoak: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded into double play third to second to first, Donaldson out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • S. Dominguez Pitching:
    • L. Maile: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Maile struck out on foul tip
    • Kevin Pillar hit for Jaime Garcia
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar reached on an infield single to second
    • C. Granderson: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Granderson grounded into double play second to third to first, Pillar out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Joe Biagini pitching
    • Nick Williams hit for Seranthony Dominguez
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Williams homered to center
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to center
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins grounded out to third
    • Aaron Loup relieved Joe Biagini
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Herrera hit by pitch
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smoak walked
    • T. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez flied out to center
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Solarte walked, Smoak to second
    • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martin singled to left, Smoak scored, Solarte to second
    • Seranthony Dominguez relieved Aaron Nola
    • D. Smith: Ball, Smith grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Altherr grounded out to third
    • M. Franco: Franco singled to left center
    • S. Kingery: Kingery reached on bunt single to pitcher, Franco to second
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • L. Maile: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Maile struck out looking
    • J. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hoskins fouled out to shortstop
    • O. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • Y. Solarte: Foul, Foul, Solarte grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Martin: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Franco homered to left
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Nola: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nola grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson fouled out to first
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
    • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Herrera flied out to deep left
    • C. Santana: Santana flied out to deep right
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Altherr flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maile grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • A. Nola: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nola grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez flied out to left
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Hoskins flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martin grounded out to third
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Franco grounded out to second
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Kingery singled to left
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
    • T. Hernandez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded into fielder's choice to third, Donaldson out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • R. Hoskins: Hoskins singled to left
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera flied out to center
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)