SAN FRANCISCO Giant's pitcher "Jonathan Sanchez", an unlikely candidate, pitched the majors' first no-hitter of the season Friday night, dominating the San Diego Padres in the San Francisco Giants' 8-0 victory.

The 26-year-old lefthander returned to the rotation after a nearly three-week demotion to the bullpen - and he only got the call because 303-game winner Randy Johnson went on the disabled list earlier this week with a shoulder injury.

It was the Giants' 13th no-hitter and first since John Montefusco did it on Sept. 29, 1976, at Atlanta. It was their first no-hitter in San Francisco since Ed Halicki beat the New York Mets in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 24, 1975.

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