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ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran realized he was working on a no-hitter against Pittsburgh after the fifth inning.
He tried to put the thought out of his head so he could keep doing what was working.
Only 22, he took another big step in his breakthrough season. Tehran (4-2) gave up one hit with two walks and set a career high with 11 strikeouts in eight innings in the Braves' fifth straight win, including a sweep of the three-game series.
"I feel like he's comfortable," said Braves right fielder Jason Heyward, who had two hits. "He's not trying to pitch his way onto the team. He's going out there competing as a part of the team."
Pinch-hitter Brandon Inge broke up Teheran's no-hit bid by hitting a fastball for a single to left field with two outs in the eighth. Teheran received an ovation from Braves fans, who also cheered after the inning ended on Starling Marte's pop-up.
"The thing is, for someone like me sitting across on the other side, sitting for eight innings, I basically get to scout him for eight innings," Inge said.
"I couldn't see exactly what he was throwing, but I could see what he was getting guys out with. It was just a great game he pitched. ... I tip my hat to him. He did an excellent job. Handled it well, too."
David Carpenter pitched a perfect ninth to complete the combined one-hitter.
Pittsburgh's Wandy Rodriguez (6-4) left the game with tightness in his left forearm after recording only one out in the first inning.
Rodriguez, a left-hander, pointed to his forearm when visited by manager Clint Hurdle and a trainer. After a brief discussion on the mound, Rodriguez was removed from the game.
Instead of accompanying the team to Chicago for a series against the Cubs, Rodriguez returned to Pittsburgh to be examined.
Rodriguez gave up two hits and a run and hit Freddie Freeman with his 14th and final pitch.
The Pirates have lost three straight and five of six.
Bryan Morris replaced Rodriguez and gave up no runs on three walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Teheran was sharp from the start. Only 28 of his 107 pitches were balls, and he set a career high in strikeouts for the second straight start after fanning nine in a 3-2 loss to Washington on Friday.
Teheran said he relied on his slider.
"They maybe were looking for my two-seamer that I've been throwing a lot but I didn't use," he said. "I just keep them off-balance."
Teheran said no teammates talked to him in the dugout about the no-hit bid.
"No, nobody," he said. "It's something nobody can tell me. Just let it happen."
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would have left Teheran in the game for the ninth if he had a chance to complete the no-hitter.
"You don't want to run a young pitcher to 135 pitches just to try to get a no-hitter," he said.
Teheran hit Marte with a pitch with one out in the sixth but ended the inning by catching Marte with his pickoff throw to first base.
Gattis gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead by hitting an 0-2 pitch from Vin Mazzaro about halfway up the lower section of left-field seats for his 13th homer, easily the most for any rookie in the majors. Laird followed with his first homer, also to left field.
The Braves added a run off Jared Hughes in the seventh. Jason Heyward and Chris Johnson had singles, and Heyward scored from second base when Freeman hit a fielder's choice grounder to first base. Johnson was out on Garrett Jones' throw to second, but Hughes missed Clint Barmes' throw to first for an error.
Hughes loaded the bases by walking Gattis and hitting Laird with a pitch. Dan Uggla's fly ball to shallow center fell off the glove of a charging Andrew McCutchen, allowing Freeman to score for a 5-0 lead.
Kent Mercker threw the Braves' last no-hitter against the Dodgers on April 8, 1994. No Braves pitcher has thrown a no-hitter at Turner Field.
|Julio Teheran has his no-hit bid broken up after 7 2/3 innings, but sets a career high with 11 strikeouts for surging Atlanta. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Starling Marte, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Travis Snider, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.245|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.284|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.256|
|Neil Walker, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.199|
|Russell Martin, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.242|
|Clint Barmes, SS||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.209|
|Wandy Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.091|
|Bryan Morris, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Vin Mazzaro, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Jared Hughes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brandon Inge, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.221|
|Mike Zagurski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Hughes in the 8th|
|PK - Starling Marte (2, Teheran)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Andrew McCutchen 1|
|DP - Morris-Walker-G. Jones, Alvarez-Walker-G. Jones|
|E - Pedro Alvarez (11, Misplayed grounder), Clint Barmes (7, Misplayed grounder), Jared Hughes (1, Missed catch of throw)|
|Wandy Rodriguez (L,6-4)||0.1||2||1||1||0||0||0||3.59|
|IBB - Upton by Bryan Morris|
|HBP - Freeman (by Wandy Rodriguez), Laird (by Jared Hughes)|
|WP - Bryan Morris (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 14-9, Bryan Morris 50-25, Vin Mazzaro 31-21, Jared Hughes 23-13, Mike Zagurski 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 1-0, Bryan Morris 8-1, Vin Mazzaro 2-2, Jared Hughes 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 4, Bryan Morris 14, Vin Mazzaro 8, Jared Hughes 9, Mike Zagurski 3|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.259|
|Jason Heyward, RF||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||.175|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.333|
|Ramiro Pena, PR-3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.321|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||3||1||0||0||0||1||1||.306|
|Evan Gattis, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||1||.270|
|Jordan Schafer, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.306|
|Gerald Laird, C||2||1||1||1||1||0||0||.277|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.179|
|B.J. Upton, CF||1||0||0||0||3||1||2||.153|
|Julio Teheran, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||5||.217|
|a- Reed Johnson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.262|
|David Carpenter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Teheran in the 8th|
|HR - Evan Gattis (13, Mazzaro), Gerald Laird (1, Mazzaro)|
|RBI - Chris Johnson (16), Evan Gattis (33), Gerald Laird (7), Dan Uggla (21)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Julio Teheran (W,4-2)||8||1||0||0||2||11||0||3.30|
|HBP - Marte (by Julio Teheran), Walker (by Julio Teheran)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Julio Teheran 107-79, David Carpenter 20-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julio Teheran 2-10, David Carpenter 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Julio Teheran 28, David Carpenter 3|
|Attendance - 28703|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - Mark Carlson|