Braves pull starter Anderson, lose no-hitter in 8th

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ATLANTA — Atlanta Braves starter Ian Anderson was removed from Friday’s Game 3 after five no-hit innings, just 12 outs away from joining Don Larsen as the only pitcher to not allow any hits in a World Series start.

Anderson, pitching under a steady drizzle from Truist Park in Atlanta, had already thrown 76 pitches, only 39 of which were strikes. He issued three walks and hit a batter, and with the Houston Astros’ lineup due up a third time to begin the sixth inning, Braves manager Brian Snitker turned to left-handed reliever A.J. Minter, who pitched around a hit by pitch to preserve a 1-0 lead — and a no-hitter — in the sixth.

Luke Jackson followed by keeping the Astros hitless in the seventh. But pinch-hitter Aledmys Diaz began the eighth with a blooper off Tyler Matzek that fell right in front of Braves left fielder Eddie Rosario, who seemingly pulled up to avoid a potential collision with shortstop Dansby Swanson.

The Braves finished with the third-longest no-hit bid in World Series history.

Anderson, 23, turned in the second-longest no-hit bid by a rookie in World Series history, trailing only the 5⅓ no-hit innings by Jeff Tesreau in 1912. Anderson is the fourth rookie with a no-hit bid through the first five innings of a playoff game and is the third pitcher to be pulled from a playoff start after at least five no-hit innings. The others were Paul Abbott in Game 4 of the 2001 American League Championship Series (five no-hit innings but also eight walks) and Anibal Sanchez in Game 1 of the 2013 ALCS (six no-hit innings on 116 pitches).

Only Larsen, who threw his famous no-hitter in 1956, finished a World Series game with more innings pitched and zero hits than Anderson.

Anderson now has a 1.26 ERA through his first eight postseason starts. Only Orlando Hernandez (1.22 ERA) had a lower mark through eight postseason starts since the earned run became an official stat for both leagues in 1913.

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