CHICAGO, JULY 1 -- Even a no-hitter couldn't produce a victory for the worst team in baseball.
Andy Hawkins of the New York Yankees today pitched the sixth no-hitter this season and the third in less than 48 hours, but he lost by 4-0 to the Chicago White Sox on two outfield errors in the eighth inning.
He is the first to pitch a complete game, allow no hits and lose since Houston's Ken Johnson in 1964 (1-0, to Cincinnati). In 1967 Steve Barber and Stu Miller of Baltimore combined to no-hit Detroit in a 2-1 loss.
"I'm stunned," Hawkins said. "When you pitch a no-hitter, you expect jubilation. You expect to walk off the field shaking hands with everybody, just like Stewart and Fernando."
Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics and Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched no-hitters Friday night.
Hawkins, who hasn't won since May 6 and nearly was released by the Yankees last month, joined Stewart and Valenzuela in the record book today -- with an asterisk.
"It's a day of mixed emotions," he said. "I'm happy as can be on one side and I'm 1-5 on the other."
With the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth, Robin Ventura hit a deep fly to left fielder Jim Leyritz, usually a third baseman. Leyritz was positioned to make the catch, but the ball glanced off his glove for a two-base error, allowing three runs to score.
The next batter, Ivan Calderon, hit a fly to right that Jesse Barfield lost in the sun. The ball bounced off his glove and Ventura scored to make it 4-0.
"The ball was hit right at me and I made the wrong move," Leyritz said. "I tried to catch up to it and I did, but I couldn't hold it in my glove. . . . Andy came up to me later and told me not to worry about it. Those things happen."
Especially to the Yankees, who at 28-45 have the worst record in baseball. They are 15 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.
The six no-hitters this year are the most in the majors in one season since 1969. There were seven in 1917 and 1908.
With two outs in the eighth, Sammy Sosa hit a hard one-hopper to third baseman Mike Blowers, who backhanded the ball, dropped it and threw late to first. The scoreboard flashed "Hit" before the official scorer ruled an error.
Hawkins walked Ozzie Guillen and Lance Johnson before the two outfield errors.
While Hawkins retired the first 14 White Sox batters, Greg Hibbard set down the first 16 Yankees.
The first Yankee to reach base was Bob Geren, who singled off third baseman Ventura's glove with one out in the sixth. Alvaro Espinosa followed with another single, but Roberto Kelly popped out and Sax took a third strike.
Hibbard gave up four hits. Barry Jones (10-1) pitched the eighth. Scott Radinsky finished.