Anibal Sanchez restored a forgotten feat to major league baseball: a no-hitter. The rookie ended the longest period without a no-hitter in major league history, leading the Florida Marlins over the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 Wednesday night in just his 13th career start.
"This is the best moment of my life," Sanchez said. "You never think that's going to happen."
One of four rookies in the Florida rotation, Sanchez (7-2) walked four and pitched around an error. The 22-year-old right-hander from Venezuela struck out six and threw 103 pitches. He benefited from three defensive gems by teammates, including a 4-3-6 double play in the eighth.
"When I sat on the bench in the eighth, I thought, `This is my day,'" Sanchez said.
It was the first no-hitter in the majors since Arizona's Randy Johnson threw a perfect game to beat Atlanta 2-0 on May 18, 2004. Sanchez's performance ended a stretch of 6,364 major league games between no-hitters. The longest gap previously was 4,015 games from Sept. 30, 1984, to Sept. 19, 1986, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Just the latest highlight in an incredible run by the Marlins. Florida now stands 70-69 and just 2.5 games back in the NL wild card race. Go Marlins!
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