ATLANTA (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched the first no-hitter in the Colorado Rockies’ 18-year history, dominating the Atlanta Braves in a 4-0 victory Saturday night.
Jimenez (3-0) walked six — all in the first five innings. He was helped by Dexter Fowler’s diving catch on Troy Glaus’ drive to left-center field in the seventh inning. Jimenez was at his best in the final innings, reaching the high 90s with his fastball through the final batter.
“That was unbelievable,” Jimenez said. “The way he dove, I was like unbelievable.”
In the ninth, Martin Prado popped out to second baseman Clint Barmes, Chipper Jones hit a fly ball to left field and Brian McCann grounded out to Barmes on Jimenez’s 128th pitch to end the game.
Jimenez thrust his arms in the air and was swarmed by teammates as he celebrated history for himself and his franchise.
The 26-year-old right-hander struck out seven and had an RBI single in the fourth inning.
It’s baseball’s first no-hitter since Mark Buehrle’s perfect game last season. Buehrle faced the minimum 27 batters for the Chicago White Sox in a 5-0 no-hit victory over Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009.
Giants 9, Dodgers 0
LOS ANGELES — Tim Lincecum scattered four hits over six innings and had three hits and three RBIs, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 9-0 victory over the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lincecum (3-0) struck out seven and walked two. The two-time Cy Young winner has allowed just two runs over 20 innings in his first three starts. But it was at the plate where he made the biggest impression.
Lincecum got all three of his RBIs against knuckleballer Charlie Haeger before the Dodgers got their first hit against the All-Star right-hander as the Giants built an early 5-0 lead. He had only three RBIs last season in 66 at-bats.
Mets 2, Cardinals 1, 20 innings.
ST. LOUIS — The Mets and Cardinals played the longest game in the majors in two years, with Jose Reyes’ sacrifice fly in the 20th inning the difference in New York’s 2-1 victory.
Jeff Francoeur also had a sacrifice fly for New York in the 19th inning, snapping a scoreless tie, but Yadier Molina singled in Albert Pujols in the bottom half.
Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) got the win despite blowing the save in the 19th and starter Mike Pelfrey finished for his first career save.
The game included 19 pitchers and lasted 6 hours, 53 minutes.
Utilityman Joe Mather (0-1) became the first position player to lose a game since shortstop Josh Wilson for the San Diego Padres in a 9-6 setback in 18 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks last June 7, according to STATS LLC.
Nationals 8, Brewers 0
WASHINGTON — Livan Hernandez threw his first shutout in nearly six years, and catcher Ivan Rodriguez drove in three runs and boosted his batting average to .419. That was enough to give the Nationals their first winning record in more than two years.
Justin Maxwell, whose wife gave birth to their second child this week, added three RBIs, and Ryan Zimmerman returned from a hamstring injury and drove in two in the Nationals’ 8-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cubs 4, Astros 3
CHICAGO — Roy Oswalt allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings for his first win, J.R. Towles homered, and the Houston Astros hung on to beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3.
Marlins 5, Phillies 1
PHILADELPHIA — Ricky Nolasco took a four-hitter into the ninth, Ronny Paulino hit a three-run homer and the Florida Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1.
The Marlins scored all their runs off Jamie Moyer (1-1) in the first inning. Nolasco (1-0) didn’t need any more support, shutting down the highest-scoring team in the majors on a chilly night.
He was one out away from his second career shutout when Jayson Werth hit a solo homer.
Nolasco retired the first 11 batters before Chase Utley lined a single to center in the fourth. The right-hander gave up five hits, struck out four and walked three, needing 109 pitches to record his fourth career complete game.