Steve Carlton pitched a no-hitter for 7 2/3 innings before giving up two singles as Philadelphia won at home over San Francisco. It was the Phillies' 11th victory in their last 12 games.
Carlton (4-5) had his no-hit bid ended by rookie catcher Bob Brenly, who was playing his first game of the year. Brenly singled cleanly to left on a 2-0 pitch. John LeMaster followed with another single but pinch hitter Duane Kuiper lined to second to end the inning.
The Phillies got the deciding run in the first inning off Rich Gale (1-3). With two out, Mike Schmidt lined a double to left center; he scored when a hit by Gary Matthews struck Gale's leg and caromed toward the third base dugout for an RBI double.
Carlton struck out eight to lift his league-leading total to 63. He also came within four outs of a no-hitter on May 5, 1980, when the Braves' Bill Nahorodny pinch hit a single. Carlton has a National League record six one-hitters.
Of Carlton's performance last night, catcher Bo Diaz, acquired by the Phillies from Cleveland before the season, said: "It's the best he's pitched since I've been here. His fast ball away was just great."