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Liriano Loses No-Hit Bid In Eighth Inning

Well, the official scorer doesn't have anything to worry about after all.

Adrian Beltre led off the bottom of the eighth inning for the Texas Rangers with a solid single to center field, ending Francisco Liriano's bid for a second no-hitter this season. Liriano had a perfect game through 6.1 innings pitched, and took the no-hit bid into the top of the eighth against the defending American League champions.

Liriano fell behind Beltre 3-0 to start the at-bat, laid a "get me over" fastball up there to get a strike, and Beltre lined the 3-1 offering to Ben Revere in center field for the Rangers' first hit of the afternoon.

On the bright side, the Twins have built up a 6-0 lead on the Rangers thanks to various Texas miscues, and are on track to cut their deficit in the American League Central to nine games as the Cleveland Indians are getting blown out by the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers have already lost to the Seattle Mariners this afternoon.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.