Cleveland right-hander Bert Blyleven pitched eight hitless innings on his way to a two-hitter last night as the Indians defeated the Blue Jays 4.1, in Toronto.
Lloyd Moseby, leading off the the Toronto ninth, hit Blyleven's first pitch into left field. Defensive replacement Larry Littleton, a rookie, overran the twisting liner and the ball sailed past him, waist high. Moseby was credited with a double.
"It's a call that goes both ways," said Blyleven, who did not question the decision of the official scorer.
Pinch hitter Jorge Bell made it all academic, though when he followed Moseby's hit with a single for Toronto's only run.
"There's always disappointment when you go with a no-hitter in the ninth inning and lose it," Blyleven said. "But I'm very happy with a two-hitter. I'll take that any day."
Littleton, who replaced Joe Charboneau in the ninth inning, said, "I just tried to react to the ball, but I lost it in the light."
Only three Toronto runners reached base in the first eight innings. Blyleven walked two and the third reached on an error by Charboneau.
Blyleven (3-1) struck out nine. On Sept. 22, 1977, when he was with the Texas yrangers, Blyleven pitched the AL's last no-hitter.
In other games, Bill Stein's run-scoring single in the seventh lifted the Texas Rangers over the visiting Chicago ywhite Sox, 4-2; Dennis Eckersley threw a four-hitter as Boston beat the Royals, 3-1, in Kansas City; Mike Parrott helped welcome new Manager Rene Lachemann by winning his first game in 19 decisions, 12-1, over the visiting Milwaukee Brewer; the Tigers' Milt Wilcox wona pitchers duel over the A's Rick Langford, 4-2, in Oakland; and the New York Yankees won, 5-2, in Anaheim, Calif., as Bucky Dent drove in four runs.