10:10 PM ET, July 7, 2008
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hiroki Kuroda wasn't as upset about losing his bid for baseball history as he would have been had he given up runs in a tight game.Kuroda took a perfect game into the eighth inning and settled for a one-hitter, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
• Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven perfect innings before Mark Texiera's leadoff double in the eighth, but it's the only hit he gave up in his second career shutout win.
• Kuroda became just the fourth Dodgers rookie since 1900 to throw a one-hitter, and first since Hideo Nomo in 1995 vs. San Francisco. He is also the second Dodgers pitcher to throw a complete game one-hitter vs. the Braves since the team moved to L.A. prior to the 1958 season (the other was Bob Welch in 1980).
• Nomar Garciaparra, in his fourth game since returning from DL, hit his second home run of the year and first since April 21.
• The Dodgers snapped a five-game losing streak vs. the Braves dating back to last season.
-- ESPN.com research
When Torre managed the Yankees, David Cone and David Wells each pitched a perfect game at Yankee Stadium. ... The last pitcher to no-hit the Braves was Randy Johnson, who threw a perfect game for Arizona on May 18, 2004, at Turner Field. ... No Dodger has thrown a no-hitter at Chavez Ravine since Ramon Martinez's 7-0 gem against Florida on July 14, 1995. ... Atlanta's Chipper Jones went 0-for-3, dropping his major league-leading average to .384.
Regular Season Series
|5th||N Garciaparra homered to left, J Loney scored.||0||2|
|5th||M Kemp singled to center, B DeWitt scored, M Kemp thrown out at second attempting to advance on play.||0||3|
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|Stadium||Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA|
|Attendance||39,896 (71.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||74 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Paul Emmel, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Jerry Meals|