Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy was coasting through the Baltimore Orioles lineup, but instead of talking about a potential Braves no-hit bid, Beachy was pulled and Orioles starter Jason Hammel nearly threw a no-hitter. Hammel threw a one-hitter in the Braves' 5-0 loss at Turner Field.
Beachy sat down the first 11 Orioles batters he faced, but after walking Chris Davis with two outs in the fourth, he came out of the game with pain in his elbow, not even throwing a test pitch when Fredi Gonzalez and assistant trainer Jim Lovell came out to the mound. Beachy got three extra days of rest after experiencing elbow pain after his last start. Beachy's pain this time was worse and seemed to stem from his curveball.
“I threw those curveballs and it didn’t feel right," Beachy said. "I didn’t feel like I was going to be able to throw it to the plate."
After Beachy's untimely exit, Anthony Varvaro gave up consecutive walks to set up a two-run single by Mark Reynolds. Brian Roberts would add his own RBI-single off Varvaro in the fifth inning.
Meanwhile, Hammels was carving up Atlanta's offense. Only a walk to Dan Uggla to lead off the second inning stood in the way of Hammels being perfect through six, and it wasn't until the seventh that Jason Heyward broke up the no-hitter with a single to left.
The shutout was Hammels' second complete game in 128 career starts and his first win against the Braves. He had previously gone 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in five starts against Atlanta.
Heyward's hit was the only thing that kept the Braves from being no-hit for the first time since Ubaldo Jimenez accomplished the feat on April 17, 2010. It was also the first time they were held to one hit since a Sept. 22, 2010 loss to the Phillies.
Beachy will undergo an MRI Sunday or Monday, Gonzalez said. If Beachy has to go on the disabled list, Kris Medlen was recently called up to the big league bullpen after being converted to a start in Triple-A, so he could fill the gap in the starting rotation.
The Braves will look to win the series on the back of Randall Delgado (4-6) against the impressive rookie Wei-Yin Chen (6-2) Sunday at 1:35.
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