Rockies get first no-hitter
— Ubaldo Jimenez pitched the first no-hitter in the Colorado Rockies’ 18-year history and the majors’ first this season, 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.
“That was unbelievable,” Jimenez said. “The way he dove, I was like unbelievable.”
It’s baseball’s first no-hitter since White Sox ace Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game in a 5-0 victory over Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009.
The San Diego Padres, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays are the remaining teams without a no-hitter.
Jimenez was at his best in the final innings, reaching the high 90s with his fastball through the last batter.
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 a run-scoring single in the fourth inning.
Randy Johnson was the last pitcher to hold the Braves hitless, when he was perfect against them in a 2-0 victory for Arizona on May 18, 2004.
Jimenez began to establish himself as one of the majors’ top young pitchers last year, when he was 15-12 with a 3.47 earned-run average and a team-best 218 innings to help the Rockies win the National League wild card.
He has a 1.29 ERA in three starts this year.