The Grand Slam: Chris Johnson’s homer breaks up no-hit bid and leads Braves to victory

Mark Townsend

DUELING NO-NO’s: The Milwaukee Brewers added Matt Garza on a four-year, $50 million deal in late January while the Atlanta Braves signed veteran Aaron Harang as an 11th hour replacement when injuries in their starting rotation became overwhelming. On Wednesday, you could barely tell the difference in their value as the two starters went head-to-head for six no-hit innings. Atlanta finally broke through in the seventh on Chris Johnson’s monster home run, which turned out to be the game’s only run in the Braves 1-0 victory.

''It's one mistake and that's it. It's the big leagues,'' Garza said. ''You've got to pay for things like that, especially with the heater to the four-hole hitter.''

Logan Schafer put Milwaukee in the hit column with a single a half inning later.

It’s interesting to note only ten runs were scored in the entire three game series. Milwaukee won the opener 2-0 on Monday and the Braves battled back with 5-2 and 1-0 wins respectively.

MARATHON MEN: The Pittsburgh Pirates won the longest game in franchise history, outlasting the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in 16 innings. The time of the game was five hours, 55 minutes, which fell just 15 minutes shy of setting a new record for the Cubs as well. Tony Sanchez singled home the winning run for the fifth and final walkoff on a wild Wednesday. The Tigers, White Sox, Rangers and Reds also won in their final at-bats.

YU DARVISH TO RETURN ON SUNDAY: Yu Darvish will make his season debut for the Texas Rangers on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Darvish was originally scheduled to start the Rangers opener on Monday, but had his assignment pushed back after experiencing stiffness in his neck one week prior. It was uncertain how much time Darvish would miss until an 86-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday went smooth, opening the door for his return this weekend.

MARINERS COMPLETE SWEEP OF ANGELS: The Seattle Mariners made an early statement against the division rival Los Angeles Angels by wrapping up a three-game series sweep with a 8-0 victory on Wednesday night. Six Mariners had two hits in the onslaught, including Justin Smoak who homered for the second time in the series and drove in his seventh run. In fact, the entire series was an onslaught, with Seattle outscoring their opponents 26-8.

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