Sports Minute: Kelly takes no-hit bid into 7th as Dbacks beat Rangers 4-1
By STEPHEN HAWKINSAP Baseball Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Arizona's Merrill Kelly took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a home run and the Diamondbacks beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Rougned Odor's one-out homer in the seventh was the first of three hits allowed by Kelly (1-0), who struck out seven and walked one in 7 2/3 innings. The right-hander threw 71 of 104 pitches for strikes, departing after Texas had two singles in the eighth.
The 31-year-old Houston native, in his second year with the Diamondbacks after four seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization, faced Texas for the first time. The game came on the anniversary of Kenny Rogers’ perfect game at home for the Rangers in 1994, in the first season of their old ballpark.
After winning the season opener in their new $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof, the Rangers have lost three in a row. They are last in the majors with a .156 team batting average and only six runs scored.
Archie Bradley worked a perfect ninth for his first save.
The Diamondbacks led 3-0 before Kelly even threw his first pitch, getting three unearned runs off Kyle Gibson (0-1) in his Texas debut. David Peralta had an RBI single after Arizona had already scored two runs on a two-out throwing error.
Stephen Vogt's RBI double in the sixth put Arizona up 4-0.
Gibson, who had a career-high 13 wins last season in Minnesota before signing a three-year deal with Texas, struck out four and walked three in five innings. He threw 93 pitches, 31 in the first when he allowed his only runs.
Arizona has only two no-hitters in team history, both on the road. Randy Johnson threw a perfect game at Atlanta in May 2004, and Edwin Jackson threw a no-hitter at Tampa Bay in June 2010. The Rangers haven't been held hitless since April 2007, against White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle in Chicago.
Diamondbacks: Christian Walker, who dealt with a groin issue in camp, was at first base for for the first time after being the DH for three games in the opening series.
Rangers: RHP Corey Kluber (muscle tear in right shoulder) was put on the 45-day injured list and returned to his home in the Boston area following a platelet-rich plasma injection. LHP Brett Martin (coronavirus) was activated from the IL. ... 3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa was back in the lineup after missing two games with left hamstring tightness.
Lance Lynn (1-0) threw six scoreless innings for the Rangers to win the first game played in the new stadium, and Madison Bumgarner lost his debut with the Diamondbacks. The only time they have started against each other was Game 1 of the 2012 NL Championship Series, when both pitched only 3 2-3 innings in the Cardinals’ 6-4 win over Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.
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