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Dodgers’ Stripling pulled with no-hitter Giants win in 10th

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POSTED April 9, 2016 1:31 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ross Stripling of the Dodgers was pulled with a no-hitter in progress after 7 1/3 innings during his major league debut, and Los Angeles lost to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in the 10th on a rainy Friday night.
Brandon Crawford homered off Joe Blanton (0-1) leading off the bottom of the 10th.
In a decision sure to be debated around baseball, first-year manager Dave Roberts removed Stripling after the right-hander walked Angel Pagan on his 100th pitch.
The 26-year-old rookie had never pitched above Double-A and missed the 2014 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was trying to become the first pitcher since Bumpus Jones in 1892 to throw a no-hitter in his big league debut.
Stripling struck out four and walked four. Chris Hatcher relieved and Trevor Brown greeted him with a tying, two-run homer.
Moments later, Roberts was ejected following a quick confrontation between Hatcher and plate umpire Jeff Kellogg after a close pitch.
The homers by Crawford and Brown were the Giants’ only hits.
Talk about a tough no-decision for Stripling to take. Roberts said before the game he met the pitcher’s parents earlier in the day at the team hotel.
Stripling, a 2012 fifth-round draft pick, capitalized on a trio of defensive gems.
Yasiel Puig made a diving catch in right to rob Matt Duffy in the second and Stripling then ran down Crawford’s bunt toward third and fired a one-hopper to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for a slick play.
Center fielder Joc Pederson sprinted hard to his left to make a diving, backhanded catch on Denard Span’s fly to start the fourth.
Stripling went 3-6 with a 3.66 ERA for Double-A Tulsa and Class A Great Lakes last year. He threw a no-hitter for Texas A&M against San Diego State in May 2012.
A day after the Giants rallied for a 12-6 win on 17 hits, Stripling silenced San Francisco’s bats with relative ease.
Santiago Casilla (1-0) retired one batter in the 10th for the win.
On Saturday, it will be Clayton Kershaw-Madison Bumgarner in their first edition of 2016. The ace lefties are each 1-0 and matched up four times in 2015. This will be the eighth overall meeting between them.
“He’s the best pitcher in baseball,” Bumgarner said. “Pretty good guy, except his looks, they’re bad. You can write that down.”
Dodgers: OF Carl Crawford, limited by a stiff lower back, was out of the lineup and not scheduled to start Saturday against Bumgarner. Roberts said Crawford’s status would need to be re-evaluated by Monday’s off day to keep the Dodgers from playing a prolonged period with a short bench. ... 2B Howie Kendrick (calf) was to play 3B for Class A Rancho Cucamonga before two games at second. ... C Yasmani Grandal (sore right forearm) was playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City in Nashville. Both are scheduled to be activated for Tuesday’s home opener.
Giants: Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, 78, was in attendance after his health struggles in recent years. “Glad to be here,” he said from his regular booth. “I had a couple close calls but I’m doing better.”
Dodgers: Kershaw is 2-4 with a 2.12 ERA in the head-to-head outings with Bumgarner. “I think we’re friends. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to beat him,” Kershaw said.
Giants: Bumgarner owns a 4-2 record with a 2.58 ERA in such matchups, with the Giants going 3-1 in 2015 when facing Kershaw on days Bumgarner pitched.

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