Ervin Santana tosses no-hitter; Los Angeles Angels beat Cleveland Indians 3-1


Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana, center, gets a hug from catcher Bobby Wilson after throwing a no-hitter in a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians. (Mark Duncan/AP)

Well, you’d have been wrong.

Johan “Ervin” Santana* became the third pitcher to toss a no-hitter in 2011 after the 28-year-old righty struck out 10 to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-1 victory in Cleveland.

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Santana allowed a run in the first inning when Eric Carrera reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch but allowed only one baserunner — on his only walk of the afternoon — the rest of the way. The no-hitter is the first in 27 years for the traveling band of Angels.

Perhaps Santana was channeling Edwin Jackson — the former Chicago White Sox pitcher who was dealt to St. Louis during Santana’s no-no. Jackson pitched one of the ugliest no-hitters in history last June when he walked eight hitters and threw 149 pitches in a 1-0 win.

On Wednesday Santana needed only 95 pitches — 68 of which he threw for strikes — to get through the Indians’ floundering lineup.

*Born Johan Ramon Santana, Ervin changed his name in 2003 to avoid being confused with then-ace Johan Santana. It’s too bad you didn’t make a first-one-to-throw-a-no-no-gets-to-keep-the-name bet with the elder Santana

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