If it hadn't been for Joe Mauer's gap-seeking double on Tuesday night, there was a chance that Gavin Floyd could have joined an exclusive club within an exclusive club: Pitchers who have thrown no-hitters in a game in which the opposing team also scores a run.
While there have been 255 no-hitters in baseball's history, only 23 fall into that somewhat shameful category. Floyd would have qualified because of what happened in the fourth inning: Joe Mauer walked, and reached second when Justin Morneau got aboard on an error by left fielder Carlos Quentin. He advanced to third on a flyout by Michael Cuddyer and then scored on a sac fly by Jason Kubel.
Yet in the end, Mauer's ninth-inning hit broke up Floyd's effort and stretched the club's drought closer to 15 years. Here's a look at the last five entries in the "No Hits, Some Runs" category, starting with the most recent: the late Darryl Kile's no-hitter in 1993.
Darryl Kile — September 8, 1993
Score: Astros 7, Mets 1
Miscues: 1 walk, 1 error
How the run scored: New York's Jeff McKnight walked, then advanced to second on a fielder's choice. He ran to third when a wild pitch from Kile was not fielded by catcher Scott Servais, who thought Joe Orsulak had been hit by the pitch. McKnight then came home when Jeff Bagwell picked up the ball and committed a throwing error to third.
Francisco Barrios/Blue Moon Odom — July 28, 1976
Score: White Sox 2, A's 1
Miscues: 11 walks (Barrios 2, Odom 9), 1 error
How the run scored: Blue Moon Odom pitched the game's first five innings and was on the hill in the bottom of the fourth when Billy Williams walked and then advanced to third on another walk and a fielder's choice. Williams scored when Sox catcher Jim Essian threw wild to second base on a stolen base attempt by Claudell Washington. Interestingly, it was the last win of Odom's career. Barrios would die at the age of 28 from a drug overdose, according to this book.
George Culver — July 29, 1968
Score: Reds 6, Phillies 1
Miscues: 5 walks, 3 errors
How the run scored: Dick Allen reached first on an error and then advanced to second base. He went to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a sacrifice fly from Cookie Rojas.
Dean Chance — August 25, 1967
Score: Twins 2, Indians 1
Miscues: 5 errors, 1 walk
How the run scored: Lee Maye led off Cleveland's half of the first inning with a walk, then advanced to second on a walk to Vic Davalillo. He went to third when Tony Horton reached on an error, then scored on a wild pitch by Chance.
Steve Barber/Stu Miller — April 30, 1967
Score: Baltimore 1, Detroit 2
Miscues:10 walks (all from Miller), 2 errors
How the runs scored: Despite seven previous walks, Baltimore's Barber had a winning no-hit bid intact when he entered the top of the ninth. But walks to Norm Cash, Ray Oyler and Mickey Stanley paved the way for Barber to become part of only the second losing no-hitter in history (Ken Johnson of the Colt .45s had the other in 1964. Others, like Andy Hawkins of the Yankees in 1990 don't count because the pitcher didn't go nine innings.) The first run scored off a wild pitch from Barber, the second when Barber, in relief of Miller, gave up an unearned run on a fielder's choice to Don Wert. Miller closed out the inning without allowing the Tigers a hit, but the Orioles were unable to save the game in the bottom of the inning.