Marlins' Volquez throwing no-hitter through 7 versus Arizona

Marlins starting pitcher Jeff Locke

Volquez threw the sixth no-hitter in Marlins history, facing the minimum 27 batters on Saturday and beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0.

So was Yordano Ventura, the Kansas City pitcher who was killed in a vehicle crash in the Dominican Republic in January.

Volquez needed just 98 pitches to complete his masterpiece, which is the first in major league baseball this season.

The surprising Arizona Diamondbacks (33-22), one of only top six teams in the major leagues playing at least.600 ball this season, are set to invade Marlins Park on Thursday night to play the Miami Marlins (21-30).

Volquez was almost knocked out of the game after only three pitches, when he collided with Diamondback leadoff man Rey Fuentes as he covered first and rolled his ankle. Delgado did not get a decision in a 4-3 defeat at Pittsburgh with a run allowed on five hits over 5.2 innings. Just try to win a series", Mattingly said, while pointing out, "We just didn't play very well, honestly.

The no-hitter was the Marlins' first since Henderson Alvarez pitched a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on September 29, 2013.

"It was special for me to dedicate the game to him", Volquez said.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak 18 games with a two-run double and Lorenzo Cain homered in a six-run fifth inning as Kansas City crushed Cleveland.

While Volquez had never thrown a no-hitter before, he did toss a one-hitter July 19, 2012, in a victory for the San Diego Padres over the Houston Astros. That bid was ended by the Reds' Devin Mesoraco, who hit a leadoff single in the seventh inning. The righty has pitched for six teams and is best known for winning Game 1 of the 2015 World Series for the Royals, not knowing his father had died earlier that day.

A trio of great plays in the Marlins' infield kept the no-hit bid going in the fourth.

NEW YORK - Chase Anderson pitched seven shutout innings and the Brewers benefited - temporarily, anyway - when a Milwaukee bat boy bumped into Mets infielder Wilmer Flores on a foul popup in a victory over New York.

Adams' one-out homer off Blake Wood (0-4) saved the Braves after they blew a lead for the second day in a row. Arizona CF Gregor Blanco (left thumb) sat out his second straight game.

Giancarlo Stanton, back in the lineup after resting one day after experiencing a hamstring cramp, drove the first pitch he saw from Greinke, a low fastball, the opposite way to right-center to drive in Riddle. Justin Bour went 2-for-4 to lead the Marlins' offense.

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