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Sanchez takes no-hitter to ninth, Marlins top Rockies

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MIAMI -- Anibal Sanchez had been through the no-hit routine before, so he was well aware of the possibility as he dominated the Colorado Rockies.

"After six innings I said, 'Three more innings for a no-hitter,'" Sanchez said.

He came close, but Dexter Fowler led off the ninth with a broken-bat single. Sanchez then got the final three outs for a one-hitter and the Florida Marlins beat the Rockies 4-1 Friday night.

Sanchez threw a no-hitter for Florida as a rookie in 2006 and shook off the disappointment of falling just shy of another.

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"It was awesome to have the opportunity to almost throw again a no-hitter," Sanchez said. "I'm excited."

The one-hitter was the second in the majors this season. Dan Haren of the Los Angeles Angels had one in a 2-0 victory over Cleveland on April 12.

Sanchez (1-1) had a career-high nine strikeouts, and the run off him was unearned. The hit off Sanchez came on his 116th pitch and first of the ninth. Fowler pulled a single to right field past second baseman Omar Infante to end the no-hit bid.

"To see it go on a broken bat is kind of disheartening," Marlins catcher John Buck said, "but it shows how hard it is to do. It's just the way it rolls."

Added Fowler: "That was my best swing of the night, but he blew my bat up."

Fowler was then doubled off first when left fielder Scott Cousins made a diving catch of Jonathan Herrera's liner.

"A heck of a play," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "If that ball falls, now you have a three-run game and first and second, nobody out."

When Carlos Gonzalez grounded out, Sanchez had the fourth complete game of his career and his first since July 29.

"He came out today with some good pitches -- inside corner, outside corner, first-pitch strikes," Herrera said. "He made us chase those pitches."

Gaby Sanchez and Chris Coghlan homered for the Marlins, who won their fourth straight.

Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin (3-1) allowed four runs in five innings.

Sanchez walked three, including Fowler to lead off the game. He was unfazed when a two-out fielding error by first baseman Gaby Sanchez allowed Fowler to score.

"Anibal has a very strong mental approach," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "After that first inning, it takes mental toughness to keep his composure, and he did a great job."

Few witnessed Sanchez's close call. Announced attendance was 15,069, but the actual crowd totaled just 8,912.

A 27-year-old Venezuelan, Sanchez pitched a no-hitter Sept. 6, 2006, against the Arizona Diamondbacks in just his 13th career start. He required shoulder surgery the following year and slowly regained his form.

He achieved career-high totals in wins and innings last year, when he went 13-12 with a 3.55 ERA. This season he was 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA in three starts before facing the Rockies.

After Colorado took the early lead, Coghlan led off the first with his second home run of the season. The Marlins made it 3-1 on a run-scoring sacrifice bunt by Sanchez and an RBI groundout by Coghlan.

Gaby Sanchez's home run stretched the Marlins' lead to 4-1.

Meanwhile, their pitcher cruised along with a mix of curves, sliders, changeups and cutters to go along with his mid-90s fastball.

"Everything was working," Sanchez said. "I'm throwing harder than last year."

Notes

  • The Marlins have had four no-hitters in team history, the last by Sanchez five seasons ago.
  • It was Coghlan's fifth career leadoff home run.
  • Before the game, Marlins INF Ozzie Martinez was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to replace OF Logan Morrison (left foot sprain), who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20.
  • Ramirez found himself in an unusual play in the seventh after he struck out and accidentally sent his bat into the stands. He walked in front of catcher Chris Iannetta's path resulting in Infante being called out attempting to steal second base due to batter interference.
 
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Anibal Sanchez entered the game against the Rockies 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA. (US Presswire)
Anibal Sanchez entered the game against the Rockies 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Florida

A. Sanchez
IP 9.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 3
K 9
Florida

C. Coghlan
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF2110210 .280
Jonathan Herrera, 2B4000012 .313
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4000021 .243
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000000 .329
Todd Helton, 1B2000101 .320
Seth Smith, RF3000021 .315
Ty Wigginton, 3B3000000 .204
Chris Iannetta, C3000020 .186
Jhoulys Chacin, P1000000 .143
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000010 .184
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Felipe Paulino, P0000000 .000
   b- Jose Lopez, PH1000000 .173
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
Totals2711039  
a-struck out for Chacin in the 6th
b-lined out for Paulino in the 8th
Fielding
DP - Iannetta-Herrera
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin (L,3-1) 5744342 2.67
Matt Belisle 1000020 1.74
Felipe Paulino 1200110 7.04
Franklin Morales 1000020 3.24
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 95-55, Matt Belisle 14-10, Felipe Paulino 20-8, Franklin Morales 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 8-3, Matt Belisle 1-0, Felipe Paulino 1-0
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 25, Matt Belisle 3, Felipe Paulino 5, Franklin Morales 3
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Coghlan, CF4122000 .292
Omar Infante, 2B3020100 .233
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000024 .207
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4121011 .338
Mike Stanton, RF3010111 .238
    Donnie Murphy, 3B0000000 .121
John Buck, C3000103 .234
Scott Cousins, LF4100022 .211
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B-RF4120010 .341
Anibal Sanchez, P2001120 .000
Totals3149449  
Batting
2B - Emilio Bonifacio (3, Chacin)
HR - Chris Coghlan (2, Chacin), Gaby Sanchez (2, Chacin)
SH - Anibal Sanchez (2)
RBI - Chris Coghlan 2 (10), Gaby Sanchez (8), Anibal Sanchez (1)
SB - Omar Infante (2, 2nd base off Chacin/Iannetta)
CS - Emilio Bonifacio (1, 2nd base by Chacin/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Scott Cousins 1
DP - H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez, Cousins-G. Sanchez
PB - John Buck (1)
E - Gaby Sanchez (1, Missed catch of throw)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez (W,1-1) 9110390 3.55
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 123-78
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 8-9
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 30
Game Information
Attendance - 15069
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - John Tumpane