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Dice-K Loses No-hit Bid in 8th, Sox Blank Phils

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[photogallerylink id=21899 align=right]Daisuke Matsuzaka took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, losing his bid on Juan Castro’s bloop single with two outs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 on Saturday night.

Boston made several outstanding defensive plays on hard-hit balls, but it was Castro’s soft single over shortstop that finally fell. The right-hander retired Shane Victorino to end the eighth, and Daniel Bard worked a perfect ninth to finish the one-hitter.

Castro, filling in for injured shortstop Jimmy Rollins, looped a 3-1 pitch just out of Marco Scutaro’s reach. The shortstop lunged with his glove and tumbled to the turf, but the ball dropped cleanly in short left field.

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