Marlins' Edinson Volquez tosses first no-hitter of Major League Baseball season

On what would have been the 26th birthday of the late Yordano Ventura on Saturday, one of his former teammates threw a no-hitter. Volquez needed only 98 pitches and struck out ten Arizona batters, for the first no-hitter against Arizona in over a decade.

In an Instagram post, Eric Hosmer wrote: "Volqueyyyyyyy boy!" Here is the final out of his no-hitter.

Heading into Saturday's action against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Volquez led the Majors with seven losses. Before the game, he wished Ventura, who died in a vehicle crash in January, a happy birthday in a touching Instagram post.

The no-hitter was the Marlins' first since Henderson Alvarez was on the mound for a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on September 29, 2013.

Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas had two-run doubles off Carlos Carrasco (5-3) during the Royals' big inning, helping them overcome a 3-0 hole and ensure a series win over their division rival.

But they got to him for two runs in the third, sparked by J.T. Riddle's one-out double, extending the rookie shortstop's hitting streak to seven games.

Volquez has struck out seven, walked two and has thrown 86 pitches.

The Marlins scored twice in the third inning on Stanton's single. - Lorenzo Cain capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run homer, Jason Hammel settled down after a shaky start and the Kansas City Royals routed the Cleveland Indians 12-5 on Saturday.

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While Volquez had never thrown a no-hitter before, he did toss a one-hitter July 19, 2012, in a victory for the San Diego Padres over the Houston Astros.

Leake, who entered leading the National League in earned run average at 2.24, allowed five runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings (see full recap).

He was an All-Star in 2008, when he went 17-6 with Cincinnati.

For a pitching-strapped team like the Marlins, with four starters either demoted to the minors or on the disabled list, Jeff Locke's long-awaited debut Thursday came like Christmas in June. Giancarlo Stanton drew a walk, advanced to second on a hit by Marcell Ozuna and scored on a soft single to shallow left field by Bour.

Diamondbacks: Arizona rested Owings (3 for his last 22, before the appearance in the ninth) and LF Yasmany Tomas (3 for his last 25).

Marlins: RF Stanton (cramps) was back in the lineup after missing one game.

Fans could bring their dogs (and many did, since barking was heard all day throughout Marlins Park by the 615 canines in attendance) to Saturday's game, part of an event created to support the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Shipley (0-1, 6.75) makes his second start of the season for Arizona, against Miami's Vance Worley (0-2, 4.50) in the series finale.

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