Trevor Bauer aims to duplicate his marvelous first outing on Wednesday when the Cleveland Indians try to avoid a dubious distinction in the finale of their brief two-game series with the Chicago White Sox.
Bauer held the Houston Astros without a hit before leaving after 111 pitches in the sixth inning. The 24-year-old righty did strikeout a career-best 11 batters, but also walked five.
Cleveland's bullpen came within two outs of completing the no-no, but closer Nick Hagadone served up a home run to Jed Lowrie.
"Any time you have a no-hitter going, it's fun," Bauer said. "There's a special air in the building. Obviously, it's unfortunate to see the home run, but the team won, and at the end of the day, that's what matters. We took two out of three in the series and head home on a good note."
Chicago, meanwhile, will rely on lefty John Danks, who was awful his first time out. Danks allowed four runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in a 4-1 loss at Kansas City on Thursday.
In four starts against the Indians last season Danks was 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA..
Chicago won again on Tuesday, as Jose Abreu homered to help the White Sox take a 4-1 decision. Adam LaRoche, Avisail Garcia and Tyler Flowers each knocked in a run for Chicago, which has three in a row since an 0-4 start to the season.
Jose Quintana (1-0) recovered from a tough outing in his first start of the year at Kansas City, yielding one unearned run on three hits with six strikeouts over six innings.
"Every time when I go out there I try to get a win," Quintana said. "I'm happy with this outing, and tomorrow I'll prepare for my next start."
The White Sox scored two runs in the first inning and knocked Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (1-1) out of the game when a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera hit him in the face.
After a leadoff single by Adam Eaton, Cabrera ripped a liner up the middle that appeared to partially hit Carrasco's hand and glove before striking his face. Carrasco collapsed face-down at the front of the mound and remained there before sitting up and getting carted off the field.
"He went through all the tests... and there is no fracture. It is a contusion to a bruise to the jaw. And a pretty good one," Cleveland manger Terry Francona said of Carrasco's injury. "Obviously, we have to check him in the morning. But in the big picture, we probably dodged a bullet."
Carrasco was charged with the loss, the Tribe's fourth in a row.
No Indians team has started 0-5 at home since the Cleveland Broncos in 1902.
Cleveland won 10 of its 19 matchups with the White Sox in 2014, including seven of the last nine. The Tribe had been 17-2 versus Chicago the previous season.
As has been tradition each April 15 since 2009, Major League Baseball will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with all players and on-field personnel wearing No. 42 during that day's games, including the Civil Rights Game at Dodger Stadium.