Flirt is just a flirt

The Padres again came close to their first no-hitter Tuesday night. But, again, no no-hitter. Brad Hawpe led off the eighth inning with a double down the line in right to break up 6-foot-10 right-hander Chris Young's bid to throw the first no-hitter in the Padres' 38-year-history.

The Padres, Rockies, Mets and Tampa Bay are the only major league teams who have never had a no-hitter.

Young's bid was the first time a Padre had taken a no-hitter into the eighth since Adam Eaton on June 3, 2004. (Young, coincidentally, came to the Padres in a trade that sent Eaton to Texas.)

Young was the 11th Padre to take a no-hitter into the eighth. Three have gone into the ninth, with the closest call pitched by Steve Arlin on July 18, 1972, when Philadelphia's Denny Doyle singled with two outs in the ninth.

If you believe in curses, there is a no-hitter curse on the Padres. It began on July 21, 1970, when Clay Kirby pitched eight innings of no-hit ball -- but was pinch-hit for by manager Preston Gomez in the bottom of the eighth. Jack Baldschun came on in relief and gave up a leadoff single to the Mets' Bud Harrelson.

REPLAY: Chris Young had scored only one win in his last seven starts and was coming off his worst outing of the season (six runs on eight hits in just three innings against Atlanta last Wednesday) when he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Tuesday night against the Rockies.

Young retired the first 11 Rockies he faced, issued back-to-back walks to Todd Helton and Matt Holliday, then retired the next 10 Rockies before Brad Hawpe led off the top of the eighth with a double down the right-field line.

The best defensive play came in the seventh when center fielder Mike Cameron ran down a drive by Helton at the fence in left center. Young also equaled his career high with eight strikeouts. Trevor Hoffman gave up a second hit in the ninth, and the Padres won 2-0.

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