Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/20/12
Right-hander Edinson Volquez pitched the 26th one-hitter in San Diego Padres history at Petco Park on Thursday night, coming within one tough play of throwing the franchise's first no-hitter. Matt Downs got the Houston Astros' only hit --an infield single -- with two outs in the fourth. He beat out a ball topped to the right of Volquez. The pitcher fielded the ball but had no throw on Downs. "I don't want to talk about that play," Volquez joked. "I'm going to have defensive drills tomorrow. I have to make that play." Volquez retired 15 of 16 last hitters he faced to record the first complete game of his career, the Padres winning 1-0. In addition to the one hit, Volquez, 29, issued three walks and had five strikeouts. He threw 117 pitches, 75 going for strikes. It was the fifth 1-0 one-hitter in Padres history, and San Diego's first one-hitter since Mat Latos had one at San Francisco on May 13, 2010. That was also the most recent 1-0, one-hit win. Thursday night's gem was ...
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