Bailey fires no-hitter as Reds blank Giants 3-0

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) -- The man who threw the last no-hitter of the 2012 season has tossed the first one this year.

Homer Bailey has fired his second career no-hitter in leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 shutout of San Francisco. Bailey flirted with a perfect game until Gregor Blanco (GREG'-ur BLAHN'-koh) walked leading off the top of the seventh. He was the lone baserunner allowed by Bailey, who entered the game 4-6 with a 3.88 ERA and was winless in his previous three starts. His previous no-hitter came in Pittsburgh last September 28.

Blanco also made the game's final out by tapping a grounder to third baseman Todd Frazier.

Bailey struck out nine and needed 109 pitches to complete the masterpiece, allowing him to join Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer as the only Reds to toss two no-hitters.

Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning to put the Reds ahead to stay. He also scored on Brandon Phillips' two-run homer in the sixth.

It's the first no-hitter thrown against the Giants since Kevin Millwood in April 2003. It's also the first no-hitter thrown at Great American Ballpark.

Also in the majors, Pittsburgh's nine-game winning streak is over after Jonathan Pettibone held the Pirates to a run and three hits over 5 2/3 innings of Philadelphia's 3-1 win at PNC Park. Ryan Howard was in an 0-for-22 slump before hitting an RBI single during the Phillies' three-run sixth.

Andrelton Simmons, Brian McCann and Chris Johnson drove in two runs apiece as Atlanta rocked Miami 11-3. Justin Upton had three hits and scored three times in the Braves' fourth straight win.

Torii Hunter capped his four-hit night by providing the tiebreaking single in the eighth of Detroit's 7-6 triumph in Toronto. Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer for the Tigers, who erased a 4-0 deficit and ended the Blue Jays' seven-game home winning streak.

John Lackey was sharp in Boston's 4-1 win over San Diego, limiting the Padres to one run and six hits in eight innings. Brandon Snyder opened the scoring with a three-run double in the fourth to support Lackey, who's won his last four decisions after opening the season 2-5.

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