Trevor Bauer had a no-hitter through seven innings Thursday night, but the Cleveland right-hander didn’t complain when he was pulled by manager Terry Francona before the eighth.
After striking out eight and walking six while throwing 117 pitches, Bauer watched as Toronto’s Freddy Galvis broke up Cleveland’s bid for a combined no-hitter with a leadoff single in the ninth against Brad Hand in the Indians’ 4-1 win in Cleveland.
“I knew it was probably time to come out,” Bauer said. “That being said, I think my velocity was higher in that last inning probably than all innings. My stuff was sharp. If I’d gone back out, I feel like I would have gotten it, but it’s a long season. We’re in the second week of it.”
Bauer was attempting to throw Cleveland’s first no-hitter since Len Barker’s perfect game against the Blue Jays on May 15, 1981.
“I didn’t want to take him out,” Francona said. “He said he knew it was the right thing. I told him I hate it. He goes, ‘I hate it, too, but I know it’s the right thing.’
“I care too much about him and this organization to hurt somebody. I would have loved to have seen it because I don’t doubt that he would have kept pitching and probably not given up a hit the way he was throwing.”
Braves 9, Cubs 4: Max Fried took a perfect game into the sixth inning and Nick Markakis had five hits and five RBIs as host Atlanta completed a three-game sweep. Chicago has lost five straight and is 1-5 for the first time since 2012, when the Cubs lost 101 games.
Nationals 4, Mets 0: Stephen Strasburg outpitched Noah Syndergaard and rookie Victor Robles homered for Washington’s only hit until the ninth inning as the Nationals won in New York. Strasburg allowed three hits and struck out nine in 6 ⅔ innings. Syndergaard allowed one hit and struck out six in six innings.
Tigers 5, Royals 4: Spencer Turnbull struck out 10 in six innings and Detroit drew four consecutive walks to start the seventh to break a tie as the Tigers won their home opener.
Yankees 8, Orioles 4: Gleyber Torres had two homers among his four hits as New York spoiled Baltimore’s home opener. Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit also homered for the Yankees, who overcame a three-run deficit.
Pirates 2, Reds 0: Jordan Lyles pitched five effective innings and combined with three relievers on a six-hitter in Pittsburgh. Lyles was activated from the injured list before the game after being out because of discomfort on his right side.
Briefly: The Nationals activated utilityman Howie Kendrick, who had been sidelined since rupturing his right Achilles tendon in May. … Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the IL because of a left calf strain. … The White Sox reinstated shortstop Tim Anderson from the paternity list.
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