So close to perfection

Until he gave up his first hit, Vicente Padilla had no idea he was pitching a no-hitter.

Updated: July 12, 2010, 10:03 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Vicente Padilla, who turned in his finest performance of the season in a 7-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs before 45,398 on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium, said he didn't know he was flirting with a no-hitter until he wasn't flirting with one anymore.

The bid was broken up when Starlin Castro drove a double to the wall in right field leading off the sixth inning.

"I didn't realize it until I gave up a hit," Padilla said, with Kenji Nimura ...

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