Searching for his second no-hitter of the season, Francisco Liriano lost a perfect game in the seventh inning and the no-hitter in the eighth. However, Liriano did pick up his fourth win of the season in a 6-1 victory over the Rangers.
After watching a lengthy bottom of the seventh for the Twins, which saw Minnesota score five runs and Texas use three pitchers, Adrian Beltre singled to lead off the eighth. Yorvit Torrealba added an RBI single in the inning, breaking up Liriano's shutout bid. Alex Burnett pitched a perfect ninth for the Twins, giving Minnesota its ninth win in 11 games. Coupled with the losses by the Tigers and Indians, the Twins pulled to nine games out of first in the American League Central at 26-39.
Liriano was perfect through 6 1/3 when third baseman Luke Hughes committed an error on Elvis Andrus' bouncer down the third-base line with one out in the seventh. Hughes tried to backhand the ball and it bounced off his glove and into foul territory, allowing Andrus to advance to second.
Liriano walked six and struck out two White Sox on May 3 in his no-hitter. Liriano needed 123 pitches that night, but had used just 73 through seven on Sunday and finished with 97 pitches in eight innings.
Rangers starter Matt Harrison left the game in the bottom of the seventh when Danny Valencia lined one off his left arm for a hit to lead off the seventh. Harrison allowed just five hits and two runs in his six innings, walking three and striking out three. Yesterday, Rangers Matt Bush had to leave after he was hit by a Twins batter in the leg. The Twins scored five runs in the inning, keeping Liriano on the bench for roughly a half-hour.
Liriano was trying to join Roy Halladay (2010), Nolan Ryan (1973), Virgil Trucks (1952), Allie Reynolds (1951) and Johnny Vander Meer (1938) as pitchers who have thrown two no-hitters in one season.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.