ANAHEIM -- Just when the Twins thought it couldn't get any worse, they ran into Angels ace Jered Weaver on Wednesday night.
One day after the Twins were shut out for the first time this season, they were no-hit by Weaver in a 9-0 loss in front of a jubilant crowd at Angel Stadium.
The no-hitter continued the Twins' span of 48 plate appearances over 15 innings without a hit after they were shut out by right-hander Jerome Williams on Tuesday. In addition, with the defeat the Twins were swept for the fourth time this season and have fallen to a Major League-worst 6-18 after finishing the 2011 campaign with the worst record in the American League.
"A terrible night for Twins baseball," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We got dominated by a very good pitcher. But we played terrible. We didn't pitch worth a darn. Not aggressive. We missed a play or two. And we got no-hit by a very good pitcher over there, which doesn't make it any easier for our baseball team."
Weaver was masterful, allowing only two runners to reach base. Chris Parmelee reached on a passed ball on a strikeout in the second inning, and Josh Willingham walked with two outs in the seventh to end a string of 15 batters retired.
Weaver retired the last seven batters he faced to record the 10th no-hitter in Angels history. It's also the fifth time the Twins have been held hitless, the last time coming on May 17, 1998, when David Wells threw a perfect game at Yankee Stadium.
"I'm at a loss for words right now," Weaver said. "It hasn't even kicked in yet. It was awesome. I couldn't have done it without the defense. Guys were picking me up left and right. They scored some runs early, took some pressure off me, and I was able to throw some strikes."
Weaver needed 121 pitches to record the first no-no of his career, and he struck out nine batters on the night. He got the final out on a hard line drive by Alexi Casilla that was caught by Torii Hunter in deep right field.
"I thought it was maybe off the wall or something like that," Casilla said.
Hunter, though, wasn't going to let that one go over his head with two outs in the ninth and a no-hitter on the line.
"I was going to run through a wall for that one," Hunter said. "I was playing shallow and just got back on my horse, and all I was thinking was, 'Get it. Get it. Get it.' Weav pitched a terrific game. He deserved it. I was going to run into the wall, go through the wall, knock myself out, be out five, 10 days -- but he was going to have a no-hitter."
Twins rookie right-hander Liam Hendriks, meanwhile, struggled, allowing six runs on nine hits over just 2 1/3 innings.
"I was always behind," said Hendriks, who turned in the shortest outing of his career. "I was never ahead. They put some good swings on some bad pitches, and they put some good swings on some good pitches. I just couldn't get ahead, and they took advantage of it."
The Angels got on the board quickly, scoring in the first on an RBI double by Kendrys Morales after Vernon Wells singled.
They added two runs in the second, with Mark Trumbo providing an RBI double before Erick Aybar laced a run-scoring single.
It was more of the same against Hendriks in the third, as the Angels tallied three runs, including a solo homer by Morales, who fell a triple short of the cycle.
Reliever Alex Burnett later allowed a three-run homer to Howard Kendrick in the fourth inning to cap the scoring and secure the three-game sweep for the Angels, who went into the series struggling, having lost six of their previous seven games.
"We came in here and they just knocked us around," center fielder Denard Span said. "They had three good starting pitchers start for them. But nobody is going to feel sorry for us right now. We have to pick ourselves up. It's not going to get easier. It's going to get harder. So we need to man up. I don't know if our backs are against the wall, but right now we need to turn it around."