Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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MIAMI - Rick VandenHurk and three relievers combined on a one-hitter, and Mike Jacobs hit a three-run homer to help the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 Tuesday night.
VandenHurk (1-1), recalled Monday from Double-A Carolina, pitched five hitless innings for his first win since last Aug. 23. He walked five and left the game after throwing 94 pitches.
Chipper Jones led off the sixth with a line-drive single up the middle off Joe Nelson, but Nelson retired the next three batters, Renyel Pinto pitched two perfect innings, and Matt Lindstrom pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
The one-hit performance was the best by Florida since Anibal Sanchez threw a no-hitter against Arizona on Sept. 6, 2006. The one-hitter was the ninth for the Marlins, and they've thrown four no-hitters.
The game's first hit - Jacobs' homer - came on the 151st pitch. Charlie Morton (2-3) walked Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla in the fourth, and with two out Jacobs hit his 20th homer.
Florida had only three other hits. Royce Ring walked John Baker with the bases loaded to force in a run in the sixth. Morton allowed two hits and four runs in 52/3 innings.
The Braves were without manager Bobby Cox, who served a one-game suspension for a tirade he threw in Sunday's loss to the Washington Nationals.
Notes: Braves SS Yunel Escobar (sore left shoulder) was in the lineup for the first time since July 9.