SAN DIEGO (AP) – San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell’s latest attempt to throw a pitching gem came to a sad end when the Los Angeles Angels broke his no-hitter game with two outs in the seventh inning, and the Angels defeated San Diego 4-0 on Tuesday.
Snell carried the perfect game into the seventh inning, before walking away two and allowing Jo Adell’s two-run single on his 96th pitch. Adell finished with three RBIs.
A week ago, Snell pitched seven hitless innings at Arizona before exiting the game with 107 pitches. The Padres won 3-0 in a game in which they allowed three hits.
Snell (7-6) was looking for the ninth major league no-hitter this year, breaking the record set in 1884, the first season he allowed himself to pitch over the arm.
Snell retired the first 18 enemies he faced on just 66 pitches before walking to David Fletcher to start the seventh inning. After putting Luis Rengifo out on a tight play at first and striking out Phil Gosselin, he walked Jack Mayfield again. Adell followed with a hitting line to left field that took two runs to the plate to break the tie.
It was the only hit allowed by Snell, who struck out 11 in seven innings. It was his third consecutive start with at least 10 fans and his sixth of the season.
Jimmy Herget (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. The Padres still hold the second wild card in the National League.
For the Angels, Rengifo 4-1 with an RBI and a run scored. The Dominican Juan Lagares 3-0.
For the Padres, Manny Machado 3-1; Fernando Tatis Jr. 4-0.