LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hiroki Kuroda took a perfect game into the eighth inning and settled for a one-hitter, leading Los Angeles to a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
The win moved the Dodgers in a tie for first in the NL West with idle Arizona.
Kuroda (5-6) retired the first 21 batters before Mark Teixeira lined the right-hander's 70th pitch into the right field corner for a double leading off the eighth. He was the only Atlanta baserunner.
The Braves flew across the country after waiting through a 1-hour, 50-minute rain delay in a 7-6, 17-inning victory over Houston on Sunday in the longest game ever at Turner Field.
Kuroda was attempting to become the first Dodger to throw a no-hitter since countryman Hideo Nomo on Sept. 17, 1996, 9-0 at Colorado. Kuroda, 33, signed with the Dodgers in December as a free
agent after 11 seasons with Hiroshima of the Japanese Central
League. He threw 91 pitches and struck out six.
Jose Campillo (3-4) took a one-hitter into the fifth before the Dodgers scored their runs.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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