Braves' Miller falls 1 out shy of no-hitting Fish
MIAMI -- Though Shelby Miller was certainly disappointed to fall one out shy of completing the first no-hitter of his career, he had no choice but to be satisfied with the two-hit shutout he fashioned while helping the Braves complete a three-game sweep with Sunday afternoon's 6-0 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.
"Obviously, things didn't finish as we wanted, but at the same time, we got a sweep," Miller said. "I had a lot of fun. That's all that matters."
Miller had faced the minimum before Justin Bour laced a first-pitch fastball up the middle for a two-out single in the ninth. Dee Gordon followed with an infield single before the Braves' right-hander notched a shutout for the second time in his past three starts.
"All of Shelby's stuff was working good tonight, so I was just looking for that first good pitch that I could do something with," Bour said. "He got me pretty good that first at-bat, and I just took advantage of a fastball on the last at-bat."
Miller, who has surrendered hits in just six of the 25 innings he has completed this month, benefited from a five-run second inning produced against Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez. Giancarlo Stanton nearly ended the historic bid when he drilled a two-out line drive that Todd Cunningham caught along the left-center-field wall. The Marlins, who have lost 10 of their past 14 games, dismissed manager Mike Redmond immediately after the game. Redmond's successor will be announced Monday morning.
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Miller's momentum: Miller has proven to be even better than the Braves could have imagined when they targeted him in the November trade that sent Jason Heyward to the Cardinals. The right-hander showed his athleticism while fielding Gordon's bunt to begin the bottom of the fourth and displayed his bravado when he used three 97-mph fastballs to notch a three-pitch strikeout of Stanton in the same inning. He has compiled a Major League-best 1.33 ERA through his first eight starts. More >
Rookie contributions: Cunningham, who went 8-for-12 during this series, made the defensive play of the game when he ran down Stanton's long drive in the seventh inning. Cunningham also notched a single in the five-run second inning that was highlighted by Jace Peterson's two-run single.
Gordon's slow roller: Gordon nearly legged out an infield single in the fourth inning. But Miller sprang off the mound, fielded the ball near the line and flipped to Freddie Freeman at first just ahead of the speedy Gordon.
Alvarez works into sixth: It wasn't the most ideal return, but Alvarez still was able to pitch into the sixth inning in his first start since April 12. Alvarez went on the disabled list on April 13 with right shoulder inflammation. Sunday initially was going to be Tom Koehler's start, but Miami opted to bring Alvarez back and move Koehler to the bullpen.
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Bour's single with two outs in the ninth prevented the Marlins from being no-hit for the fourth time in franchise history. They were no-hit by Ramon Martinez (Dodgers) on July 14, 1995; Roy Halladay (Phillies) on May 29, 2010 (perfect game); and Zimmermann (Washington) on Sept. 28, 2014.
After reinstating Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) from the disabled list on Sunday, Miami designated right-hander Nick Masset for assignment in a corresponding move.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez proved successful with the challenge he issued after Alvarez was awarded an infield single with two outs in the third inning. After reviewing the play for three minutes and five seconds, the umpires overturned umpire Dale Scott's ruling that Alvarez had beat shortstop Pedro Ciriaco's throw to first base.
Braves: Mike Foltynewicz will take the mound when the Braves begin a two-game series against the Rays on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Turner Field. Foltynewicz's bid to win each of his first three Major League starts was derailed by a throwing error he committed during the seventh inning of Tuesday's loss in Cincinnati.
Marlins: The Marlins open a four-game series with Arizona on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park. Dan Haren (4-2, 3.70 ERA) takes the hill for Miami as he tries to get back on track after allowing six runs against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Rubby De La Rosa (4-2, 4.50 ERA) gets the start for the D-backs.
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