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Johnson homer lifts Braves over Brewers 1-0
The Associated PressPosted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 3:35 PM
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Atlanta pitcher Aaron Harang and the Milwaukee Brewers Matt Garza had no-hit bids until Chris Johnson homered with two outs in the seventh inning, sending the Braves to a 1-0 victory Wednesday.
Harang (1-0) didnt allow a hit until Logan Schafer grounded a single leading off the bottom of the seventh.
Making his Braves debut, Harang gave up two hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked one, throwing 63 of 97 pitches for strikes. He had spent most of spring training with Cleveland on a minor league contract, then signed with the Braves on March 24 after a series of injuries to Atlanta pitchers.
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Garza (0-1) made his Milwaukee debut after signing a $50 million, four-year contract as a free agent. He allowed one run and two hits in eight innings, struck out seven and walked none, throwing 65 of 90 pitches for strikes.
Garza had struggled during spring training, going 1-3 with an 8.80 ERA in five outings. But he was sharp against the Brewers, retiring 11 in a row before walking Freddie Freeman.
This marked the first time both starting pitchers in a big league game had not allowed a hit through six innings since June 13, 2010, when Ted Lilly of the Cubs and Gavin Floyd of the White Sox accomplished the feat, according to STATS. Alfonso Soriano doubled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and scored on Chad Tracys single, and Lilly didnt allow a hit until pinch-hitter Juan Pierres leadoff single in the ninth. The Cubs won 1-0.
Harang retired his first seven batters before walking Lyle Overbay, then retired 10 in a row before Schafers single.
Garza hit a dribbler in front of the plate in the sixth that Harang fielded cleanly and threw to first for the out. Gomez followed with a drive down the left-field line that hooked foul, then struck out.
Jason Heywards diving catch of a Ryan Braun liner to right in the fourth kept Harangs no-hit bid intact.
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