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Anibal Sanchez loses no-hitter in seventh

Anibal Sanchez

Florida Marlins’ Anibal Sanchez delivers a pitch in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, April 22, 2011, in Miami. Rockies’ Dexter Fowler, singled to lead off the ninth inning for the only hit against Sanchez in the game as the Marlins defeated the Rockies 4-1. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


3:10 p.m. EDT - So much for that. Laynce Nix just delivered a line-drive single to right to start the seventh. Mike Stanton got a great jump on the ball and could have had the diving catch, but the ball popped out as his glove hit the ground.


Another day, another no-hitter alert.

Anibal Sanchez, who threw a no-hitter as a rookie for the Marlins five years ago, has held the Nationals hitless through six.

One big problem: he’s at 97 pitches already, meaning he’s going to need a quick seventh inning to have any chance of going the distance.

Sanchez has 10 strikeouts on the day. He hasn’t walked anyone, but he has hit a batter and he had Laynce Nix reach on an Omar Infante error back in the first inning.

Sanchez threw a one-hitter in a 4-1 complete-game victory over the Rockies back on April 22. It’s his only win so far this season, though he entered the day with a respectable 4.15 ERA.