Burnett throws bizarre no-hitter

NEW YORK, Reuters

A.J. Burnett — making only his second start of the season — overcame nine walks and threw the second no hitter in the major leagues this season as the Florida Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 in the National League on Saturday.

The 24-year-old (1-1) battled control problems but was helped by the Padres, whose batters repeatedly bailed him out by swinging early in the count. He threw just 65 of 128 pitches for strikes, fanning seven.

Burnett finished strong, however, and was hitting 91 miles per hour on the radar gun in the ninth inning.

“I threw maybe 10 curveballs all game,” he said.”We were just working in and out all night. This is a great feeling.”

It was the third no-hitter in Florida’s nine year history. Al Leiter threw one on May 11, 1996 against Colorado and Kevin Brown stopped San Francisco on June 10, 1997. Giants 10, Mets 3 Rich Aurilia went 4-for-5 with a solo homer to raise his league-leading average to .389 as the San Francisco Giants beat the Mets 10-3 Saturday, New York’s fifth straight loss. San Francisco has won three straight and five of six. The slumping Mets have won just one of their last seven games and are 6-15 on the road, losing two straight to the Giants. Russ Ortiz (6-1) allowed one run and seven hits in six innings, winning his third straight start. Dicky Gonzalez (1-1) gave up four runs and four hits in four innings. Astros 2, Reds 1 Reds 5, Astros 4 In Cincinnati, Alex Ochoa singled home the winning run off Octavio Dotel (1-3) with two outs in the ninth as Cincinnati gained a split, winning for the second time in 10 games. Lance Berkman hit his first pinch homer, a three-run shot off Danny Graves (2-1) that tied it at 4 with two outs in the ninth. In the opener, Craig Biggio homered, doubled and scored the tiebreaking run in the doubleheader opener when Deion Sanders let Berkman’s sixth-inning fly to center sail over his head for a double. Shane Reynolds (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, and Billy Wagner got three outs for his seventh save. Rob Bell (0-2) gave up two runs and six hits in eight innings. Cardinals 5, Cubs 2 In St. Louis, Matt Morris (5-2) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings to win his won his fourth straight decision. Albert Pujols had three hits, including his 12th home run, and J.D. Drew hit his 13th homer as St. Louis improved to 6-0 on its seven-game homestand. St. Louis beat the Cubs for the 10th straight time at Busch Stadium. Jon Lieber (3-2) allowed three runs and 11 hits in six innings as St. Louis lost its third straight. Expos 8, Rockies 4 In Denver, Geoff Blum hit a two-run homer and Vladimir Guerrero, Jose Vidro and Michael Barrett had solo shots. Tony Armas Jr. (2-5) pitched five scoreless innings after allowing four runs in the first. John Thomson (0-1), who hadn’t pitched in the majors in 19{ months following shoulder surgery at the end of the 1999 season, allowed six runs and seven hits in six innings. Brewers 5, Pirates 4 In Milwaukee, Jeromy Burnitz singled home the winning run off Joe Beimel (2-1) in the 12th, ending the first extra-inning game at Miller Park. Curtis Leskanic (1-2) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win. Milwaukee tied the score at 4-all in the eighth on pinch-hitter Angel Echevarria’s two-out double off the glove of third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Dodgers 1, Braves 0 In Los Angeles, Gary Sheffield homered leading off the ninth to give Los Angeles a victory over Atlanta. Sheffield’s 11th homer, which came on a 0-1 pitch from reliever Matt Whiteside, marked the third time he has homered in a 1-0 Los Angeles win this season. Jeff Shaw (1-1) pitched the ninth for the Dodgers. Sheffield was the only batter faced by Whiteside (0-1), the fourth Braves pitcher. The game had been a scoreless pitching duel between the Dodgers’ Kevin Brown, who went eight innings before he was removed for a pinch-hitter, and the Braves’ Jason Marquis, who went six innings in his first major league start. Brown, trying to win his sixth consecutive start, held Atlanta to three hits, struck out nine and walked one as he lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.05. Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 5, 10 innings In Phoenix, Pat Burrell singled home Gary Bennett to give Philadelphia a victory over Arizona. The win assured Philadelphia of its first series triumph over the Diamondbacks in the last seven tries. Reggie Sanders hit a pair of two-run home runs, and Luis Gonzalez hit his major league-leading 17th homer as Arizona rallied from five runs down to send it to extra innings. Bennett singled off of Miguel Batista (1 2) to lead off the 10th, then Travis Lee walked. Burrell followed with his RBI single to left. Ricky Bottalico (2-2) gave up a hit in one and 1 1-3 innings to get the victory.