Garrett Richards’ no-hit bid for Angels broken up in 7th
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) A no-hit bid by Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards has been broken up when Jason Castro singled with one out in the seventh inning for the Houston Astros.
Richards and the Angels were leading 3-0 on Sunday when Castro’s clean single to left field loaded the bases.
Richards walked his first batter, then retired his next 15 before walking rookie Preston Tucker to open the sixth. But the right-hander struck out Robbie Grossman and Jake Marisnick before retiring Jose Altuve on a check-swing grounder.
Richards was trying to become the seventh pitcher to throw a no-hitter for the Angels, starting with Bo Belinsky in 1962. Clyde Wright did it in 1970, and Nolan Ryan had the next four. Mike Witt pitched a perfect game on the final day of the 1984 season, and Ervin Santana (2011) was followed by Jered Weaver (2012).