Miley takes no-hitter to seventh, gets no-decision

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Wade Miley pitched one of the better games of his career. It wasn't enough to get him the win, but he can blame Red Sox hitters for that, not himself.

Miley pitched seven-plus scoreless innings, not allowing a baserunner until the sixth or a base hit until the seventh.

In the end, all that got Miley was a no-decision in a crushing 1-0 walk-off loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Two innings after Miley was lifted, Mike Trout hit a solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off Koji Uehara.

"Wade was outstanding,'' said John Farrell. "He was aggressive, he threw a lot of strikes. There were some at-bats when he got behind in the count but he found a way back in to salvage an at-bat. He made a big pitch a couple of times on 3-and-2-counts. He was very good.''

Miley credited catcher Ryan Hanigan for his game-calling behind the plate and noted that the two were in a good rhythm for much of the night.

"I didn't shake him off once,'' said Miley.

The lefty retired the first 16 Angels hitters before issuing a one-out walk to Chris Iannetta in the sixth inning. He got out of that inning and carried a no-hitter into the seventh.

"Obviously, it crosses your mind,'' said Miley. "But I'm just trying to keep the game where it's at. I want to win the ballgame. That's the main goal. It is what it is.''

He got some tremendous defense in the seventh to keep the game scoreless.

After Kole Calhoun opened the seventh with the Angels' first hit --a booming double ot center off the wall -- Miley had to face the heart of the Angels lineup.

He got Trout on a flyout to center, as Calhoun advanced to third. With the infield drawn in, Shane Victorino raced in from right and caught a pop-up from Albert Pujols just beyond the infield dirt.

Then, when Erick Aybar hit a roller to the shortstop hole, Xander Bogaerts bakchanded it on the run and fired a strike to first for the third out.

The teams were scoreless through seven, but when Miley walked David Freese to start the eighth, Farrell went to his bullpen. In the span of a handful of hitters, Miley went from working on a no-hitter to a frustrating no-decision.

"I felt good,'' shrugged Miley. "Wish we could have gotten the win, but I'll try to build off that and keep going forward.''

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