Giants' Sanchez No-Hits Padres
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 10, 2009 11:57 PM CDT
San Francisco Giants' Jonathan Sanchez works against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 10, 2009, in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – Jonathan Sanchez, an unlikely candidate, pitched the majors' first no-hitter this season last night, dominating the San Diego Padres with an array of pitches in the San Francisco Giants' 8-0 victory. The 26-year-old left-hander returned to the rotation after a nearly 3-week demotion to the bullpen—and he only got the call because 303-game winner Randy Johnson went on the disabled list earlier this week with a shoulder injury.

Gold Glove center fielder Aaron Rowand saved the no-hitter with a leaping catch at the center-field fence to rob pinch-hitter Edgar Gonzalez for the second out of the ninth inning. Sanchez nearly tossed a perfect game—the only runner the Padres managed came on an error by third baseman Juan Uribe in the eighth. Sanchez threw the Giants' 13th no-hitter and first since John Montefusco did it on Sept. 29, 1976, at Atlanta.