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Monday, July 07, 2008

One-Hit Wonder: Dodgers 3, Braves 0

Carrying a perfect game through seven, Hiroki Kuroda finally succumbed to a Mark Teixeira double down the right field line in the top of the seventh, but Kuroda kept the shutout and the win, provided thanks to a two-run homer by Nomar Garciaparra. A gorgeous play by Blake DeWitt on Gregor Blanco's bunt attempt squelched an infield single attempt to lead off the seventh, and Angel Berroa saved another in the ninth on Greg Norton's scorcher deep in the hole, a twisting, flying play.

With the Diamondbacks idle, the Dodgers end up tied for the division lead, and as Jon pointed out, it's the second time in three years that a Nomar home run has given the Dodgers a division lead (the 4+1 game).

Mandatory references: the last Dodger one-hitter was Derek Lowe's one-hit CG shutout of Chicago on August 31, 2005; and of course, the last perfecto was Randy Johnson's against the Braves on May 18, 2004, a 2-0 victory for the Snakes.

And congratulations to Hiroki Kuroda!

Update: It's worth mentioning that the Braves came off a marathon 17-inning game in which they beat the Astros 7-6. That might just have affected their ability to get things done offensively, but still, the box score is what it is.

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