SAN FRANCISCO — Jake Peavy appreciated the effort of his defense.
The Giants infielders were just as happy about his pitching.
Peavy took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished with a one-hitter over 7 2/3 innings as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 on Saturday night.
“I can’t say enough about the defense,” said Peavy, who came to the Giants in a July trade from the Boston Red Sox. “It was a total team effort.”
The right-hander got the first out of the eighth on a nice backhand grab by third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Then Mark Reynolds fought off a 1-2 pitch, breaking his bat in the process, and flared it just over the head of Joe Panik into right field for the first Brewers hit.
Peavy (3-4) received a standing ovation from the crowd after the no-hitter was broken up. He struck out Jean Segura and was taken out of the game, leaving to another standing ovation.
Peavy walked three, hit a batter and struck out eight. Jeremy Affledt gave up a hit to pinch hitter Lyle Overbay before Sergio Romo came on to strike out Carlos Gomez on three pitches.
Santiago Casilla worked the ninth, giving up an RBI single to Ryan Braun, for his 13th save.
It was the second time in the past week that a Giants starter was this dominant. Madison Bumgarner had a perfect game through seven innings Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies. Justin Morneau doubled leading off the eighth for Colorado’s only hit.
“That doesn’t happen too often,” Panik said. “To have Bum and Peavy come so close, it’s pretty special.”
Peavy took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Aug. 2 at the New York Mets. Peavy, the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner with San Diego, has never pitched a no-hitter. He got his 2,000th career strikeout when he fanned Ramirez leading off the second.
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