In his first three trips to the plate, Dexter Fowler hit the ball just once. Anibal Sanchez had him flummoxed.
"It was brutal," Fowler said. "I was swinging at bad pitches. I fouled one ball back."
Finally in the ninth inning, Fowler and the Colorado Rockies broke through. Fowler's broken-bat single ended a no-hit bid by Sanchez, but the right-hander got the final three outs to give Florida a 4-1 victory Friday night.
"He had some good stuff," Fowler said. "He was throwing everything for strikes."
Sanchez (1-1) had a career-high nine strikeouts, and the run off him was unearned. He threw a no-hitter for Florida as a rookie in 2006 and shook off the disappointment of falling just shy of another.
"It was awesome to have the opportunity to almost throw again a no-hitter," Sanchez said. "I'm excited."
The hit off Sanchez came on his 116th pitch, and the first of the ninth. Fowler pulled a single to right field past second baseman Omar Infante.
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