There will be no no-no for Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez tonight. Michael Morse just singled with one out in the fifth to break up the right-hander’s perfect game.
In the fourth, Jimenez got Roger Bernadina to bounce out to first unassisted, induced a grounder from Danny Espinosa to first that turned into a 3-1 putout and coaxed a grounder to short off the bat of Ryan Zimmerman.
In the fifth, leadoff hitter Laynce Nix was caught looking at a third strike, a 96 mph fastball right down the middle. After 13 straight hitters were set down, up came Morse, who sent a sinking liner to the left of second baseman Mark Ellis and into right field for Washington’s first hit.
Jayson Werth followed by drawing a walk on a 3-1 pitch, but Jesus Flores grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that snuffed out the Nationals’ first rally.
A little historical perspective: Jimenez’s first start after his no-hitter on April 17, 2010 came five days later at Nationals Park. Instead of matching Johnny Vander Meer’s feat of back-to-back no-hitters from 1938, Jimenez allowed a first-inning double to Willie Harris and had to settle for 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory that ran his record to 4-0.
Update: Marquis has been pulled, and the Nationals are on the board. Ian Desmond led off the sixth with a sinking line drive that got by center fielder Ryan Spilborgs for a triple. Rick Ankiel pinch hit for Marquis and grounded sharply to second, scoring Desmond to cut the Rockies’ lead to 2-1. Marquis went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits, walking four and striking out one. He’s been replaced by lefty Ross Detwiler.