Braves' Newcomb has no-hitter thru 8 innings vs Dodgers
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb is throwing a no-hitter through eight innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Newcomb retired his first 15 batters Sunday before walking Yasiel Puig in the sixth. Newcomb has struck out eight, walked one and thrown 117 pitches at SunTrust Park.
In his second season, Newcomb is pitching past the seventh inning for the first time in 40 career starts.
Newcomb is trying to help the Braves snap a four-game losing streak. In 11 starts this season following an Atlanta defeat, he is 7-1 with a 1.95 ERA, a span of 64 2/3 innings in which opponents were batting .202 against him.
Kent Mercker pitched the most recent no-hitter for Atlanta on April 8, 1994, at Los Angeles.
The Dodgers were last no-hit in a game by the Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta on Aug. 30, 2015, at Dodger Stadium.