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Schilling loses no-hitter in the ninth

June 8, 2007 at 7:20 AM

OAKLAND, Calif., June 7 (UPI) -- Curt Schilling pitched a no-hitter for 8 2/3 innings Thursday as Boston edged Oakland, 1-0.

The Athletics' lone hit was a groundball single to right field by Shannon Stewart with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

"Don't give up a hit," Schilling told New England Sports Network when asked what he was thinking when Stewart came to the plate. "It was 1-0 the whole day, so that alleviated thinking about anything else. I just wanted to finish that game."

The ace right-hander allowed four earned runs and nine hits in his previous outing last Saturday against the New York Yankees.

Despite more than 3,000 strikeouts, 200 career wins, three 20-win seasons and a World Series championship ring in both leagues, the 40-year-old Schilling has never pitched a no-hitter or been named a Cy Young winner.

He would have been the third oldest pitcher behind Nolan Ryan and Cy Young to throw a no-hitter.

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