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West's arm, Carroll's bat lead Marlins over Big Unit, Giants

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MIAMI -- The tall left-hander had not yielded a hit through six innings -- and Randy Johnson was already out of the game.

Facing the Big Unit, 6-8 rookie Sean West flirted with a no-hitter in his fourth career start.

West did not allow a hit until the seventh inning, Brett Carroll backed him with his first career homer, and the Florida Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Monday night.

West (1-1) allowed one baserunner -- a leadoff walk to Andres Torres in the third -- through the first six innings. Edgar Renteria then lined a single to left on West's first pitch of the seventh.

"The no-hitter was on my mind the whole time, but I tried not to think about it," West said. "As soon as you think about it, karma's gonna take care of that hit."

The 6-10 Johnson has thrown two no-hitters, including a perfect game, in his great career.

"It's a lot of pressure. You try not to think about it but it's there. But he has to be happy about the way he pitched," Johnson said.

West gave up two hits, one walk and struck out six in eight innings. He fell short of throwing his first no-hitter at any level.

"I feel sorry for the kid. He pitched a good game. He just made a mistake and that was it," Renteria said.

West, a Houston native, missed the entire 2007 season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

"I try to throw a no-hitter every start," West said. "If a hit comes up, I try to throw a one-hitter. If two hits come up, I try to throw a two-hitter, and so on."

Johnson (5-5), pitching on short rest, four days after he earned career victory No. 300 at Washington, yielded three runs, seven hits, three walks and struck out five in five innings.

"For the most part, my pitches weren't as good as [during No. 300] from a location standpoint, but I was pretty much able to pick up the team and get it done coming back early like that," Johnson said.

Carroll hit a three-run homer in the second to give the Marlins a 3-0 lead. He also singled and tripled for the Marlins, who earned a split of the four-game series. Leo Nunez pitched a scoreless ninth to finish the combined three-hitter, Florida's first shutout this season.

After Dan Uggla hit a single and Ronny Paulino walked, Carroll sent Johnson's 90 mph fastball over the left-field scoreboard.

"I'm speechless, in all honesty," Carroll said. "I'm humbled by [hitting it off] a guy of that stature."

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San Francisco's Aaron Rowand went 0-for-4 and had his career-high hitting streak stopped at 17 games. Renteria also singled in the ninth to have two of San Francisco's three hits.

"It shows you how well the kid [West] was pitching to shut down a hot hitter like Rowand," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Johnson had been 6-1 with a 2.84 ERA in nine career regular-season starts on short rest before Monday.

Notes

  • West's starts account for all of his major league appearances. He'll turn 23 on June 15.
  • A fan with a glove caught Carroll's homer on the fly. He personally gave the ball to Carroll in exchange for a bat.
  • The Giants' string of five consecutive games delayed by rain ended.
  • The game was played in 2:32.
  • No Marlins player ever has hit for the cycle.
 
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Sean West loses a no-hit bid in the top of the seventh inning on an Edgar Renteria single.  (AP)
Sean West loses a no-hit bid in the top of the seventh inning on an Edgar Renteria single. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

S. West
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
Florida

B. Carroll
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF4000011 .303
Edgar Renteria, SS4020000 .244
Randy Winn, RF4000022 .277
Bengie Molina, C4000002 .252
Pablo Sandoval, 1B3010000 .305
Juan Uribe, 3B-2B3000002 .297
Andres Torres, LF2000110 .227
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B2000011 .254
   a- Rich Aurilia, PH-3B1000000 .211
Randy Johnson, P1000011 .056
   b- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000000 .242
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   c- Eli Whiteside, PH1000010 .273
    Merkin Valdez, P0000000 .000
Totals3003017  
a-fouled out for Burriss in the 8th
b-flied out for R. Johnson in the 6th
c-struck out for Miller in the 8th
Batting
SB - Andres Torres (3, 2nd base off West/Paulino)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Burriss-Sandoval
San Francisco Giants
Randy Johnson (L,5-5) 5733351 5.14
Justin Miller 2211210 2.39
Merkin Valdez 1000110 4.08
HBP - Uggla (by Justin Miller)
WP - Randy Johnson (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 85-56, Justin Miller 38-20, Merkin Valdez 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 7-3, Justin Miller 3-1, Merkin Valdez 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 25, Justin Miller 10, Merkin Valdez 4
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4010112 .225
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Wes Helms, 3B4000122 .222
Hanley Ramirez, SS4011002 .330
Jorge Cantu, 1B4020003 .279
Dan Uggla, 2B2110101 .224
Cody Ross, CF3000114 .248
Ronny Paulino, C3110113 .253
Brett Carroll, RF4233001 .270
Sean West, P3000022 .000
   a- Alejandro De Aza, PH-LF0000100 .286
Totals3149467  
a-walked for West in the 8th
Batting
3B - Brett Carroll (1, R. Johnson)
HR - Brett Carroll (1, R. Johnson)
SF - Hanley Ramirez (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (27), Brett Carroll 3 (3)
SB - Chris Coghlan (3, 2nd base off R. Johnson/Molina)
Team LOB - 11
Florida Marlins
Sean West (W,1-1) 8200160 2.22
Leo Nunez 1100010 3.10
Pitches-Strikes - Sean West 104-74, Leo Nunez 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean West 5-13, Leo Nunez 1-1
Batters Faced - Sean West 27, Leo Nunez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12068
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Brian O'Nora