Brandon Beachy's return to the Atlanta Braves will give them all kinds of problems in deciding what to do with their rotation. Julio Teheran threw an absolute gem in the series finale with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a 5-0 win.
Teheran was just four outs away from the first Braves no-hitter at Turner Field, but a pinch-hitting Brandon Inge broke it up with a single with two outs in the eighth inning. He struck out a career-best 11 while walking two and hitting two. No Pirates advanced past first base.
Teheran has thrown up a 2.13 ERA over his last eight starts, giving up three runs or fewer in each.
And the Braves offense gave him more than enough support. Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward to start the game in the first inning before Chris Johnson drove in a run on a fielder's choice. Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth for some insurance.
Heyward continued his turnaround with a two-hit game, later scoring on an error in the seventh inning, while Dan Uggla also drove in a run in the seventh on a force out. B.J. Upton didn't collect a hit, but he drew three walks.
Had Teheran complete his no-hit bid, it would have been the first Braves no-hitter since Kent Mercker threw one against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in 1994. Coincidentally, that is where the Braves head for a four-game set starting Thursday.Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, B.J. Upton, Baseball, Chris Johnson, Dan Uggla, Evan Gattis, Jason Heyward, Julio Teheran, Kent Mercker, MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates