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Marlins rookie Vanden Hurk dominates Braves in nightcap

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Talk about two improbable pitching performances.

Just back from the minors, Florida's Rick Vanden Hurk took a no-hitter into the seventh inning for his first career win Tuesday night. A few hours earlier, Atlanta's Buddy Carlyle pitched one-hit ball over seven innings for his first victory since 1999, then was shipped back to the minors before he had time to celebrate.

The result was a doubleheader split, the Braves winning the opener 3-1 behind Carlyle before the Marlins rode the big Dutchman to a 5-1 victory in the nightcap.

"It felt great. It felt awesome," said Vanden Hurk, who had been pitching at Double-A Carolina until he was activated between games.

Carlyle was feeling good, too -- until being told right after the game that he was headed back to Triple-A Richmond. Unsure about the health of Game 2 starter John Smoltz, the Braves wanted extra depth in their bullpen, so they called up reliever Blaine Boyer.

"I can't say I'm not disappointed," Carlyle said. "We play the game to be in a clubhouse like this. Obviously, I'm disappointed. But there's nothing I can do about it."

While Carlyle was going down, Vanden Hurk was headed up.

The 6-foot-5 right-hander made his first start with the Marlins since April 24, when the Braves roughed him up for six runs in one-plus innings. In fact, he had made two of his four career appearances against Atlanta, giving up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

After being demoted to Carolina, Vanden Hurk worked on his mechanics and tempo. He was a totally different pitcher this time, holding the Braves without a hit through the first six.

"He had a lot of late life on his fastball," Atlanta's Matt Diaz said. "It was getting up on us. You could tell that by the way we were fouling it straight back. We didn't make the adjustment to catch up to it."

Yunel Escobar broke up the no-hitter with a double into the left-field corner leading off the seventh, and Vanden Hurk was lifted after he walked the next hitter.

Matt Lindstrom worked out of the jam, retiring Andruw Jones on a popup with runners at second and third and striking out Jeff Francoeur to end the inning.

Vanden Hurk said he wasn't concerned about the no-hitter, though he knew something was up after the fifth.

"I thought I was doing pretty good," he said. "I wasn't worried about anything. I was just worrying about keeping guys off base."

Smoltz, who left his last start with a sore shoulder, returned to the rotation after getting two extra days to recover. He pitched well, allowing just three hits and two runs in six innings, but the Braves couldn't do anything with Vanden Hurk.

Miguel Cabrera homered in the second and Josh Willingham drove in another run off Smoltz (7-3) with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

"I wasn't as sharp as I'd like to be, but I'll take two runs in six innings every time out," Smoltz said. "The guy basically threw a no-hitter against us."

Vanden Hurk (1-1) retired the first 11 Atlanta hitters before Edgar Renteria walked with two outs in the fourth. He was the only baserunner until Escobar, off to an impressive start in his first week with the Braves, lined a 1-1 pitch past third base for a clean hit.

The Braves managed only three hits.

Notes

  • Game 1, which was the makeup of an April 14 rainout, finished in sunshine after heavy rains and lightning struck suddenly in the eighth.
  • Cabrera left Game 2 in the seventh after his right hamstring tightened while running the bases. He hobbled to the dugout and was listed as day to day. Manager Fredi Gonzalez already was planning to give his slugger Wednesday off and hopes he will be ready to go after that.
 
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Rick Vanden Hurk doesn't give up a hit until Yunel Escobar's leadoff double in the seventh.  (AP)
Rick Vanden Hurk doesn't give up a hit until Yunel Escobar's leadoff double in the seventh. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Florida

R. Vanden Hurk
IP 6.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 2
K 4
 

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Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, CF5110001 .245
Dan Uggla, 2B3000111 .267
Hanley Ramirez, SS4210001 .309
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3121001 .320
    Jason Wood, PR-1B1112000 .233
Josh Willingham, LF3011001 .264
Aaron Boone, 1B-3B4001001 .266
Joe Borchard, RF3000110 .193
Matt Treanor, C4020002 .211
Rick Vanden Hurk, P3000023 .167
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeremy Hermida, PH1000001 .225
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Totals3458524  
a-grounded out for Benitez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (13, Smoltz), Josh Willingham (15, Moylan), Matt Treanor (1, Boyer)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (12, Smoltz)
SF - Josh Willingham (1)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (41), Jason Wood 2 (12), Josh Willingham (40), Aaron Boone (21)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (17, 2nd base off Villarreal/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Florida Marlins
Rick Vanden Hurk (W,1-1) 6100240 8.50
Taylor Tankersley (H,4) 0.1000000 5.89
Matt Lindstrom (H,10) 0.2000010 3.65
Armando Benitez 1211100 4.22
Kevin Gregg 1000100 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Vanden Hurk 86-58, Taylor Tankersley 2-2, Matt Lindstrom 6-5, Armando Benitez 18-11, Kevin Gregg 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Vanden Hurk 4-10, Taylor Tankersley 1-0, Armando Benitez 1-2, Kevin Gregg 1-2
Batters Faced - Rick Vanden Hurk 21, Taylor Tankersley 1, Matt Lindstrom 2, Armando Benitez 6, Kevin Gregg 4
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B4011000 .291
Yunel Escobar, 3B4010000 .400
Edgar Renteria, SS2000202 .326
Brian McCann, C4000011 .280
Andruw Jones, CF4000002 .223
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000132 .290
Scott Thorman, 1B4000001 .216
Matt Diaz, LF3110000 .336
John Smoltz, P1000010 .091
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000000 .205
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Harris, PH0000100 .368
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
Totals3013145  
a-grounded out for Smoltz in the 6th
b-walked for Villarreal in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yunel Escobar (3, Vanden Hurk)
RBI - Kelly Johnson (31)
Team LOB - 6
Atlanta Braves
John Smoltz (L,7-3) 6322041 2.83
Peter Moylan 1211100 2.76
Oscar Villarreal 1222100 4.08
Blaine Boyer 1100000 0.00
IBB - Borchard by Peter Moylan
Pitches-Strikes - John Smoltz 73-47, Peter Moylan 17-9, Oscar Villarreal 15-11, Blaine Boyer 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Smoltz 5-9, Peter Moylan 2-1, Oscar Villarreal 1-2, Blaine Boyer 2-1
Batters Faced - John Smoltz 21, Peter Moylan 6, Oscar Villarreal 6, Blaine Boyer 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27072
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Charlie Reliford