SAN DIEGO (AP) — Padres left-hander Blake Snell made another bid at a gem and this one didn’t end so well when the Los Angeles Angels broke up his no-hit try with two outs in the seventh inning and went on to beat the Padres 4-0 Tuesday night.
Snell took a perfect game into the seventh inning before walking two batters and then allowing Jo Adell’s two-run single on his 96th pitch. Adell finished with three RBIs.
A week ago, Snell threw seven no-hit innings at Arizona before coming out with his pitch count at 107. The Padres won 3-0 on a combined three-hitter.
Snell (7-6) was trying for the majors’ ninth no-hitter this year, which would’ve topped the record of eight set in 1884, the first season overhand pitching was permitted.
Joe Musgrove began the no-hit parade this year, pitching the first no-no in San Diego history in his second start for his hometown team.
Snell retired the first 18 Angels batters on 66 pitches before walking David Fletcher leading off the seventh. Luis Rengifo appeared to beat out a bunt for an infield single but the Padres appealed and video replay showed that Snell tagged Rengifo before he got to the bag. The call was overturned.
Snell struck out Phil Gosselin before walking Jack Mayfield. Adell hit a liner to left to end Snell’s bid for the no-no and break a scoreless tie.
That was the only hit Snell allowed while striking out 11 in seven innings. It was his third straight start with double-digit strikeouts and his sixth this year.
Snell has turned around an inconsistent season with three strong starts. On Aug. 25, he threw a career-high 122 pitches in 7 2/3 innings and got a no-decision in San Diego’s 5-3, 16-inning home loss to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Snell was obtained in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Dec. 29.
Jimmy Herget (2-1) pitched two innings for the win. The Padres continued to hold the second NL wild-card spot.
Rengifo homered off Emilio Pagan leading off the ninth, his third. Adell had an RBI groundout with one out.
With no DH at NL parks in interleague play, Shohei Ohtani was not in the Angels’ starting lineup. The two-way star pinch-hit in the eighth and singled off Tim Hill.
Angels starter Packy Naughton allowed two hits in five innings, struck out five and walked two.
Manager Joe Maddon said the Angels will throw a bullpen game in the series finale Wednesday night. RHP Yu Darvish (7-9, 4.05) is scheduled to start for the Padres.