Braves combine on 10-inning no-hitter vs Astros, a 2-2 tie
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Cody Martin and eight Braves pitchers combined for a wild 10-inning no-hitter for Atlanta in a 2-2 tie with a Houston Astros split-squad on Sunday.
Martin struck out three in two innings. He was followed by Jim Johnson, Josh Outman, Brandon Cunniff, Ian Thomas, Mauricio Cabrera, Lucas Sims, Justin Jackson and Jairo Heredia. The Braves combined to walk nine and Cabrera hit a batter.
''I've never seen anything like that - only in spring training'' said Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez. ''A 10-inning no hitter and a 2-2 tie. Some balls were hit pretty well, but the wind was blowing in.''
Houston scored twice on groundouts after loading the bases on two walks and a hit batter in the seventh inning.
A.J. Pierzynski had an RBI single in the first off the Astros' Scott Feldman and Todd Cunningham added a sacrifice fly for Atlanta.
Feldman, Houston's opening-day starter last season, gave up a run and two hits in his first spring start.
National League batting champion Jose Altuve was 0 for 3. He's happy about the recent roster changes the Astros made.
''We're going step-by-step and it looks like finally we're getting to where we want to be,'' he said.
Braves: SS Andrelton Simmons has yet to play due to a strained oblique. He took batting practice Saturday and Sunday.
Astros: OF Preston Tucker will miss more games with a sore right wrist after being hit by a pitch Saturday. X-rays were negative.
Braves: Gonzalez said Martin, a rookie, is a candidate for one of the two open spots in the rotation.
Astros: Feldman, who is working a circle change into his repertoire this spring, threw 39 pitches in his first spring start.