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Angels: Santana no-hitter is no blast from the past

July 27, 2011 |  4:11 pm

Ervin Santana’s latest visit to Cleveland was far better than his first.

The Angels’ pitcher threw a no-hitter against the Indians on Wednesday in the same stadium where he made his major league debut on May 17, 2005. Cleveland put out the welcome mat that day, as the first four Indians' batters hit for the cycle.

Grady Sizemore tripled and Coco Crisp followed with a double -- and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Travis Hafner singled and Ben Broussard launched a 416-foot home run for a 3-1 lead.

Santana lasted four innings and allowed six runs in Cleveland’s 13-5 victory.

"I was going too fast to the plate that first inning," Santana said after that game. "Today, everything was up. Everything was down the middle. I'll be better next time."

He was on Wednesday.


Ervin Santana throws a no-hitter against Cleveland Indians

This time, Angels' Jordan Walden slams the door shut

-- Chris Foster

Photo: Angels starter Ervin Santana, center, is congratulated by teammates Bobby Wilson, left, and Mark Trumbo after throwing a no-hitter in a 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Credit: Mark Duncan / Associated Press