MIAMI (Reuters) - Anibal Sanchez narrowly missed his second career no-hitter as he drove the Florida Marlins to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies Friday.
"Everything was working today," said Sanchez. "In my last start, I saw my velocity was good.
"I know I am throwing harder than last year. I'm feeling it right now. I'm using my breaking ball for strikeouts."
Sanchez's bid ended with a broken bat single by Dexter Fowler at the start of the ninth inning.
"I was swinging at bad pitches and had fouled one ball back in four (at-bats)," Fowler said.
"He had some good stuff tonight. I got some good wood on it. I would say that was my best swing but he blew my bat up."
The Venezuelan-born Sanchez, who threw a no-hitter in 2006 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, struck out nine and walked three in the win.
Colorado (13-6) scored their run in the first inning as Fowler led off with a walk, advanced to second on a pass ball, and scored on a fielding error by first baseman Gaby Sanchez with two outs.
Chris Coghlan hit a solo home run in the first inning and drove in a run in the second inning to lead the Marlins (12-6) offense.
Anibal Sanchez also proved useful with the bat with his squeeze bunt allowing Scott Cousins to score in the second inning.
With Gaby Sanchez atoning for his fielding error with a solo home run in the third to complete the scoring.
(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by Alastair Himmer)