Johnson denied a no-hitter

Florida's Josh Johnson carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning at Atlanta, before earning a 5-1 win for the Marlins. Braves rookie Freddie Freeman doubled in the eighth for Atlanta's first hit.
Florida's Josh Johnson carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning at Atlanta, before earning a 5-1 win for the Marlins. Braves rookie Freddie Freeman doubled in the eighth for Atlanta's first hit.
Posted: April 14, 2011

ATLANTA - Josh Johnson took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before rookie Freddie Freeman doubled with one out, and the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves, 5-1, Wednesday night.

Johnson (2-0), who held the New York Mets hitless for six innings on opening day, dominated the Braves for 71/3 innings, striking out nine and walking three.

Freeman doubled down the line past third baseman Greg Dobbs. Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez immediately went out to pull his ace after 109 pitches.

Chipper Jones homered in the ninth off Randy Choate for the Braves' only other hit. The home run gave Jones 1,500 RBIs for his career.

The former MVP became the third switch hitter with 1,500 RBIs, joining Eddie Murray (1,917) and Mickey Mantle (1,509).

Chris Coghlan had three hits, including a two-run single in a three-run second. Johnson contributed an RBI single and Logan Morrison hit his third homer.

Tim Hudson (2-1) gave up seven hits and five runs in six innings.

Attendance was 14,351, one day after the series opener drew only 13,856, the smallest in Turner Field history.

Johnson came close to a no-hitter in the Marlins' opener, blanking the Mets until Willie Harris led off the seventh inning with a double.

The two-time all-star who led the NL in ERA last year came even closer this time. With his pitch count rising, Johnson needed only eight pitches to retire the Braves in order in the seventh.

Martin Prado grounded back to Johnson to open the eighth before Freeman's double.

Johnson was trying for Florida's first no-hitter since Anibal Sanchez threw one against Arizona on Sept. 6, 2006. Al Leiter, Kevin Brown, and A.J. Burnett also have pitched no-hitters for Florida.

The Braves avoided being no-hit only a few days away from the one-year anniversary of Ubaldo Jimenez throwing a no-hitter at Turner Field on April 17, 2010, in a 4-0 Colorado win.

Coghlan led off the night with his team-leading sixth double but the Marlins didn't have another two-base hit, ending their streak of at least two doubles in 10 straight games.

Hanley Ramirez drove in Coghlan with a single up the middle. Coghlan added a two-run single in the second after Johnson drove in a run with a single, a hit that came after John Buck was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Morrison's homer in the third pushed the lead to 5-0.

The Braves' only base runners through seven innings were walks by Jones in the first, Brian McCann in the fourth and Nate McLouth in the sixth.

Marlins 5, Braves 1

Florida 131 000 000–5 8 0

Atlanta 000 000 001–1 2 0

Florida AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Coghlan cf 4   1   3   2   0   0   .271   

Infante 2b 4   0   0   0   0   0   .222   

H.Ramirez ss 3   0   1   1   1   0   .194   

Stanton rf 4   0   0   0   0   1   .222   

Cousins rf 0   0   0   0   0   0   .125   

Morrison lf 4   1   1   1   0   0   .317   

G.Sanchez 1b 4   1   1   0   0   1   .317   

Dobbs 3b 2   1   1   0   1   0   .500   

c-Do.Murphy ph-3b 1   0   0   0   0   0   .148   

J.Buck c 3   1   0   0   1   0   .214   

Jo.Johnson p 3   0   1   1   0   1   .125   

R.Webb p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Choate p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 32   5   8   5   3   3   

Atlanta AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Prado lf 4   0   0   0   0   1   .275   

McLouth cf 3   0   0   0   1   2   .220   

C.Jones 3b 3   1   1   1   1   1   .310   

McCann c 3   0   0   0   1   2   .326   

Uggla 2b 4   0   0   0   0   1   .152   

Heyward rf 3   0   0   0   0   1   .250   

Ale.Gonzalez ss 3   0   0   0   0   1   .233   

Freeman 1b 3   0   1   0   0   1   .205   

T.Hudson p 1   0   0   0   0   1   .000   

a-Ma.Young ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .125   

C.Martinez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

b-Hinske ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .000   

Sherrill p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 29   1   2   1   3   12   

a-grounded out for T.Hudson in the 6th. b-struck out for C.Martinez in the 8th. c-fouled out for Dobbs in the 9th. LOB: Florida 3, Atlanta 4. 2B: Coghlan (6), Freeman (2). HR: Morrison (3), off T.Hudson; C.Jones (1), off Choate. RBIs: Coghlan 2 (5), H.Ramirez (3), Morrison (7), Jo.Johnson (1), C.Jones (9). RLSP: Florida 1 (H.Ramirez); Atlanta 1 (Prado). RA: Infante. GIDP: Stanton, Morrison. DP: Atlanta 2 (Ale.Gonzalez, Uggla, Freeman), (Uggla, Ale.Gonzalez, Freeman).

Florida IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Johnson (W 2-0) 71/3   1   0   0   3   9   109   1.35   

R.Webb 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   7   4.05   

Choate 1   1   1   1   0   2   20   3.38   

Atlanta IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

T.Hudson (L 2-1) 6   7   5   5   2   2   82   3.48   

C.Martinez 2   1   0   0   1   1   21   2.57   

Sherrill 1   0   0   0   0   0   12   6.75   

IR-S: R.Webb 1-0. IBB: off T.Hudson (J.Buck). WP: T.Hudson. Umpires: Home, Mark Wegner; First, Chris Guccione; Second, Mike Winters; Third, Mike Everitt.

T: 2:20. A: 14,351 (49,586).

Padres 3, Reds 2

SAN DIEGO - Orlando Hudson hit a bases-loaded, opposite-field single with two outs in the ninth and San Diego beat Cincinnati to avoid a three-game sweep.

Hudson hit the first pitch he saw from Nick Masset (0-3) over third baseman Juan Francisco's head and into left field.

The Padres loaded the bases on a walk, a single and an intentional walk, before a force at the plate brought up Hudson.

Heath Bell pitched the ninth for the win.

Cincinnati 000 110 000 – 2 8 2

San Diego 000 000 111 – 3 7 0

Cincinnati AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Stubbs cf 5   1   2   0   0   1   .265   

Phillips 2b 4   0   0   0   0   0   .354   

Cairo 2b 0   0   0   0   0   0   .250   

Votto 1b 4   1   3   1   0   1   .444   

Gomes lf 3   0   1   0   1   1   .273   

J.Francisco 3b 3   0   0   1   1   0   .143   

Heisey rf 4   0   1   0   0   0   .300   

R.Hernandez c 3   0   1   0   1   1   .231   

Masset p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Janish ss 4   0   0   0   0   0   .316   

T.Wood p 3   0   0   0   0   3   .000   

Jor.Smith p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000   

Chapman p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Hanigan c 1   0   0   0   0   0   .304   

Totals 34   2   8   2   3   7   

San Diego AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Maybin cf 2   0   0   0   1   1   .243   

c-Venable ph-rf 1   0   0   0   1   0   .156   

Bartlett ss 4   0   0   0   1   1   .129   

O.Hudson 2b 4   1   1   1   1   1   .317   

Cantu 1b 4   0   0   1   0   0   .160   

Ludwick lf 3   0   1   0   1   1   .114   

Headley 3b 4   1   2   0   0   0   .243   

Denorfia rf-cf 4   0   1   0   0   0   .158   

Ro.Johnson c 2   0   1   0   1   0   .286   

Adams p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Bell p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

d-Hawpe ph 0   0   0   0   1   0   .138   

Stauffer p 1   0   0   0   0   1   .000   

Qualls p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

a-E.Patterson ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .200   

Frieri p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

b-Hundley ph-c 1   1   1   1   0   0   .406   

Totals 31   3   7   3   7   5   

Two outs when winning run scored.a-grounded into a fielder's choice for Qualls in the 5th. b-hit a sacrifice fly for Frieri in the 7th. c-flied out for Maybin in the 7th. d-walked for Bell in the 9th. E: Hanigan (1), Chapman (1). LOB: Cincinnati 8, San Diego 10. 2B: Votto (4), Heisey (1), R.Hernandez (1). RBIs: Votto (7), J.Francisco (1), O.Hudson (3), Cantu (3), Hundley (8). SB: Votto (2), O.Hudson (5). SF: Hundley. RLSP: Cincinnati 4 (T.Wood 3, J.Francisco); San Diego 2 (Maybin, Venable). RA: Phillips, Janish, Cantu. GIDP: J.Francisco, Denorfia. DP: Cincinnati 1 (Janish, Phillips, Votto); San Diego 1 (Qualls, Bartlett, Cantu).

Cincinnati IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

T.Wood 62/3   5   1   1   3   5   98   3.86   

Jor.Smith (H 2) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   4   1.35   

Chapman (H 4) 1/3   0   1   0   1   0   10   0.00   

Masset (L 0-3) BS, 3-3 11/3   2   1   1   3   0   34   9.95   

San Diego IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Stauffer 41/3   6   2   2   2   4   99   4.80   

Qualls 2/3   0   0   0   1   0   8   0.00   

Frieri 2   2   0   0   0   1   27   2.57   

Adams 1   0   0   0   0   1   10   1.50   

Bell (W 1-0) 1   0   0   0   0   1   16   0.00   

IR-S: Jor.Smith 2-0, Masset 1-1, Qualls 1-0. IBB: off Masset (Venable), off Stauffer (R.Hernandez). Umpires: Home, Angel Hernandez; First, Paul Schrieber; Second, Chad Fairchild; Third, Joe West. T: 2:57. A: 17,057 (42,691).

Brewers 6, Pirates 0

PITTSBURGH - Shaun Marcum pitched seven shutout innings, Prince Fielder homered for the third time in four games and Milwaukee won for the sixth time in seven games, blanking Pittsburgh.

Marcum (2-1) was perfect through four and kept the Pirates off-balance with his changeup, allowing only four singles with four strikeouts and a walk. Acquired in a trade with Toronto, Marcum lowered his ERA to 2.55 through three starts.

Zach Braddock, Kameron Loe and Mitch Stetter finished up Milwaukee's third shutout this season and second in three games.

Pirates starter Kevin Correia (2-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth, but his outing quickly unraveled from there.

Milwaukee 000 004 200 – 6 6 0

Pittsburgh 000 000 000 – 0 4 1

Milwaukee AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Weeks 2b 3   0   1   0   1   0   .273   

Gomez cf 3   0   0   1   0   0   .194   

Braun lf 4   1   1   0   0   1   .342   

Fielder 1b 4   1   1   3   0   0   .385   

McGehee 3b 3   0   0   0   1   1   .211   

Loe p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Stetter p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Kotsay rf 3   0   0   0   0   0   .200   

1-Morgan pr-rf 1   1   0   0   0   0   .450   

Y.Betancourt ss 4   1   1   1   0   0   .216   

Lucroy c 4   1   1   0   0   1   .250   

Marcum p 3   1   1   1   0   0   .143   

Braddock p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Counsell 3b 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000   

Totals 32   6   6   6   2   3   

Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Tabata lf 2   0   0   0   2   1   .325   

Walker 2b 4   0   0   0   0   1   .273   

A.McCutchen cf 4   0   0   0   0   0   .231   

Overbay 1b 4   0   1   0   0   0   .238   

Diaz rf 4   0   2   0   0   0   .263   

Alvarez 3b 4   0   1   0   0   1   .200   

Doumit c 3   0   0   0   0   0   .241   

Cedeno ss 2   0   0   0   1   1   .167   

Correia p 2   0   0   0   0   1   .000   

Crotta p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Resop p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

a-Pearce ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .286   

Meek p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 30   0   4   0   3   5   

a-grounded out for Resop in the 8th.1-ran for Kotsay in the 7th. E: Alvarez (3). LOB: Milwaukee 2, Pittsburgh 6. 2B: Y.Betancourt (3), Lucroy (1). HR: Fielder (3), off Correia. RBIs: Gomez (2), Fielder 3 (14), Y.Betancourt (2), Marcum (1). CS: McGehee (1). SF: Gomez. RLSP: Pittsburgh 3 (Cedeno, Doumit, A.McCutchen). RA: Marcum. GIDP: Doumit. DP: Milwaukee 1 (Fielder, Y.Betancourt, Marcum).

Milwaukee IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Marcum (W 2-1) 7   4   0   0   1   4   94   2.55   

Braddock 1/3   0   0   0   2   0   18   2.45   

Loe 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   15   1.35   

Stetter 1   0   0   0   0   0   16   3.86   

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Correia (L 2-1) 6   5   6   4   2   1   78   2.70   

Crotta 1   1   0   0   0   0   11   1.93   

Resop 1   0   0   0   0   1   12   2.70   

Meek 1   0   0   0   0   1   13   9.82   

Correia pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. IR-S: Loe 2-0, Crotta 1-1. WP: Braddock. Umpires: Home, Fieldin Culbreth; First, Adrian Johnson; Second, Gary Cederstrom; Third, Lance Barksdale.

T: 2:38. A: 8,755 (38,362).

Rockies 5, Mets 4

NEW YORK - Troy Tulowitzki hit a go-ahead homer through thick fog and Colorado extended the best start in club history by beating New York.

Ryan Spilborghs also connected and Esmil Rogers (2-0) won his second straight as Colorado earned its fourth consecutive victory - all on the road.

The NL West leaders improved to 8-2, with the only two losses coming in extra innings. The Rockies, who opened 7-3 in 1995 and '97, are 5-1 away from Coors Field after going 31-50 on the road last year.

The Mets have dropped six of seven following a three-game winning streak.

Colorado 000 131 000 – 5 8 0

New York 110 100 100 – 4 9 0

Colorado AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

S.Smith rf 4   1   0   0   1   1   .324   

Herrera 2b 4   1   2   0   1   1   .474   

C.Gonzalez lf 5   0   0   0   0   2   .268   

Tulowitzki ss 4   2   3   3   1   1   .306   

Jo.Lopez 3b 5   0   0   0   0   1   .206   

Helton 1b 4   0   2   1   0   1   .304   

Spilborghs cf 4   1   1   1   0   1   .200   

Lindstrom p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Street p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000   

Iannetta c 1   0   0   0   3   0   .192   

Rogers p 2   0   0   0   0   2   .167   

Mat.Reynolds p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

F.Paulino p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

b-Fowler ph-cf 1   0   0   0   0   0   .250   

Totals 34   5   8   5   6   10   

New York AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Jos.Reyes ss 5   1   1   0   0   0   .327   

Dan.Murphy 2b 4   1   1   1   1   0   .227   

D.Wright 3b 5   1   1   0   0   1   .311   

Beltran rf 4   0   2   1   1   0   .265   

I.Davis 1b 4   0   1   0   0   0   .341   

Pagan cf 2   1   2   1   1   0   .220   

Harris lf 3   0   0   0   1   1   .267   

Thole c 4   0   0   0   0   1   .242   

Niese p 1   0   0   0   0   0   .000   

a-Emaus ph 1   0   1   0   0   0   .200   

T.Buchholz p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Beato p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

c-Hairston ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .063   

D.Carrasco p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Totals 34   4   9   3   4   3   

a-singled for Niese in the 6th. b-grounded into a fielder's choice for F.Paulino in the 8th. c-flied out for Beato in the 8th. LOB: Colorado 9, New York 9. 2B: Herrera (3), Tulowitzki (3), Helton (1), Jos.Reyes (4), Dan.Murphy (2), Beltran (4). 3B: Pagan (1). HR: Tulowitzki (5), off Niese; Spilborghs (1), off Niese. RBIs: Tulowitzki 3 (12), Helton (5), Spilborghs (2), Dan.Murphy (4), Beltran (6), Pagan (5). SB: Herrera 2 (4). S: Rogers, Niese. SF: Pagan. RLSP: Colorado 5 (Rogers 2, S.Smith, Jo.Lopez 2); New York 7 (I.Davis, Jos.Reyes, Harris 3, D.Wright, Dan.Murphy). RA: C.Gonzalez, Jo.Lopez, Jos.Reyes.

Colorado IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Rogers (W 2-0) 52/3   7   3   3   4   2   106   2.77   

Reynolds (H 3) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   2   5.40   

F.Paulino (H 2) 1   2   1   1   0   1   18   1.93   

Lindstrom (H 3) 1   0   0   0   0   0   8   1.80   

Street (S 6-6) 1   0   0   0   0   0   14   0.90   

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Niese (L 0-2) 6   7   5   5   3   5   101   6.88   

T.Buchholz 1   0   0   0   1   2   15   1.35   

Beato 1   0   0   0   1   2   16   0.00   

D.Carrasco 1   1   0   0   1   1   19   4.05   

IR-S: Mat.Reynolds 1-0. IBB: off D.Carrasco (Tulowitzki). WP: Rogers 2. Umpires: Home, Jim Wolf; First, Derryl Cousins; Second, Jim Joyce; Third, Ron Kulpa. T: 2:52. A: 25,878 (41,800).

Cubs 9, Astros 5

HOUSTON - Pitcher Carlos Zambrano extended a franchise record for pitchers with his 22d career homer and ran his winning streak to 10 games, leading Chicago to a series win over Houston.

Alfonso Soriano's home run off Wandy Rodriguez (0-2) capped a five-run first inning for the Cubs. Zambrano's homer made it 6-0 in the sixth.

Chicago got three insurance runs on three hits off Wilton Lopez in the ninth.

Chicago 500 001 003 – 9 14 0

Houston 000 005 000 – 5 7 1

Chicago AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

S.Castro ss 5   1   3   0   0   0   .389   

Barney 2b 4   1   2   1   1   0   .345   

Byrd cf 5   2   0   0   0   1   .353   

Ar.Ramirez 3b 5   1   3   1   0   0   .326   

Je.Baker 1b 5   1   2   2   0   0   .385   

Marmol p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Soto c 4   1   2   0   1   0   .220   

A.Soriano lf 4   1   1   3   0   2   .250   

Colvin rf 4   0   0   0   0   3   .147   

K.Wood p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

C.Pena 1b 0   0   0   0   0   0   .185   

Zambrano p 3   1   1   1   0   1   .375   

Mateo p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Marshall p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Re.Johnson rf 1   0   0   0   0   0   .100   

Totals 40   9   14   8   2   7   

Houston AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Bourn cf 4   1   0   0   1   1   .244   

Ang.Sanchez ss 4   1   1   0   0   1   .383   

Pence rf 4   0   0   0   0   1   .300   

Ca.Lee lf 4   1   1   1   0   0   .204   

Wallace 1b 3   0   1   1   1   1   .256   

Hall 2b 4   1   1   1   0   1   .233   

M.Downs 3b 3   1   2   2   1   0   .417   

Towles c 3   0   1   0   1   2   .368   

W.Rodriguez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000   

a-Inglett ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .091   

Abad p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

b-Michaels ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .091   

Del Rosario p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

Melancon p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

W.Lopez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

An.Rodriguez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---   

c-Bourgeois ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .364   

Totals 32   5   7   5   4   7   

a-flied out for W.Rodriguez in the 5th. b-fouled out for Abad in the 6th. c-popped out for An.Rodriguez in the 9th. E: W.Lopez (1). LOB: Chicago 6, Houston 5. 2B: Barney (1), Je.Baker (2), M.Downs (3). HR: A.Soriano (4), off W.Rodriguez; Zambrano (1), off Abad; M.Downs (1), off Zambrano. RBIs: Barney (4), Ar.Ramirez (6), Je.Baker 2 (6), A.Soriano 3 (10), Zambrano (1), Ca.Lee (7), Wallace (6), Hall (4), M.Downs 2 (5). SB: S.Castro (2). S: W.Rodriguez. RLSP: Chicago 2 (Colvin 2); Houston 1 (Ang.Sanchez). RA: Pence. GIDP: A.Soriano. DP: Houston 2 (M.Downs, Towles, Wallace), (Ca.Lee, Ang.Sanchez, Hall).

Chicago IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Zmbrno (W 2-0) 52/3   7   5   5   3   4   99   6.11   

Mateo (H 2) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   1   1.93   

Marshall (H 5) 1   0   0   0   0   1   9   1.50   

K.Wood (H 4) 1   0   0   0   0   1   14   3.00   

Marmol 1   0   0   0   1   1   22   2.84   

Houston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

W.Rodgz (L 0-2) 5   9   5   5   2   4   86   7.31   

Abad 1   2   1   1   0   0   14   5.06   

Del Rosario 1   0   0   0   0   1   10   2.70   

Melancon 1   0   0   0   0   2   18   0.00   

W.Lopez 1/3   3   3   2   0   0   26   7.71   

An.Rodriguez 2/3   0   0   0   0   0   8   11.25   

IR-S: Mateo 1-0, An.Rodriguez 1-0. Umpires: Home, Paul Emmel; First, Rob Drake; Second, Gary Darling; Third, Bruce Dreckman.

T: 2:54. A: 20,987 (40,963).

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