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Perfect timing by Parra on diving catch

Grab comes in eighth inning of no-hit bid; Freeland allows single in ninth
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DENVER -- Gerardo Parra made the defensive play that preserved Kyle Freeland's no-hitter in the eighth inning on Sunday at Coors Field, although Freeland ultimately lost his chance at history with one out in the ninth when Melky Cabrera hit a single for the White Sox. Colorado won the game, 10-0.

"He made an incredible play and I immediately gave him applause for it," Freeland said. "He came flying in after it and knew what was on the line, and I knew every single one of my teammates was gonna do everything they could to get an out."

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DENVER -- Gerardo Parra made the defensive play that preserved Kyle Freeland's no-hitter in the eighth inning on Sunday at Coors Field, although Freeland ultimately lost his chance at history with one out in the ninth when Melky Cabrera hit a single for the White Sox. Colorado won the game, 10-0.

"He made an incredible play and I immediately gave him applause for it," Freeland said. "He came flying in after it and knew what was on the line, and I knew every single one of my teammates was gonna do everything they could to get an out."

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White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez led off the top of the inning with a sinking line drive to left field, and Parra laid out to grab it. Freeland then struck out Omar Narvaez and Willy Garcia for the next two outs.

"I thought I had a little bit of a chance for the ball to fall," Sanchez said. "At this ballpark, it's big."

Parra's catch was a 4-star play, per Statcast™, and had just a 29 percent catch probability. The distance needed to make the catch was 72 feet and Parra had a 4.2-second opportunity time. He had a sprint speed of 28.9 ft/sec, well above the 27.0 ft/sec average. For the season, Parra is 3-for-5 on 4-star catches, and he also has one 5-star catch.

The Rockies have one no-hitter in franchise history, by Ubaldo Jimenez on April 17, 2010, vs. the Braves. Though Freeland fell short Sunday of a no-hitter, teammate Charlie Blackmon said he knew his pitcher had a chance at history after Parra's catch.

"Usually I don't get really excited until the eighth inning, just because the game's so hard," Blackmon said. "When you think about it, it's almost impossible to go that long without giving up a hit."

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

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