Minor spurs Braves to victory

August 24, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
Chicago Cubs’ Luis Valbuena points to the sky as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Wrigley Field yesterday in Chicago.

 

NEW YORK: Atlanta starter Mike Minor flirted with a no-hitter as the Braves beat the slumping Cincinnati Reds 3-1 in 12 innings.

Minor held Cincinnati hitless until centre fielder Billy Hamilton’s RBI single with two outs in the eighth tied the score 1-1.

Minor, who almost became the first Braves pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Kent Mercker accomplished the feat in April 1994, walked four and struck out five in his 107-pitch outing.

Cincinnati (61-68) extended its losing streak to seven, while Atlanta (68-61) defeated the Reds for the fifth straight time this season.

No visiting pitcher has thrown a regular season no-hitter at Cincinnati’s home stadium since 1971.

Right-hander Sonny Gray allowed three runs on six hits over 8 1/3 innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the first-place Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a key three-game series between the top two teams in the American League West.

Los Angeles loaded the bases with two out in the ninth inning before Doolittle struck out pinch hitter Chris Iannetta to end the game.REUTERS

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