Rodriguez flirts with no-hitter for Tourists

Rockies No. 28 prospect throws 8 1/3 innings of no-hit ball for Class A Asheville

Rodriguez flirts with no-hitter for Tourists

Rockies No. 28 prospect Helmis Rodriguez couldn't quite make history for Class A Asheville in a 3-1 win on Thursday night.

The southpaw had Rome on the ropes with a no-hitter through 8 1/3 innings, but gave up a double to Luke Dykstra. He was then pulled from the game and reliever Yoely Bello allowed a triple to Ryan Stephens as the Braves tied the game, 1-1.

Asheville added two runs in the 10th for the win.

While he fell a bit short of nine no-hit innings, Rodriguez still turned in perhaps his best performance of the season. The 22-year-old struck out four while allowing four walks in the longest outing of his Minor League career.

Signed by Colorado in July 2010, the Venezuelan did not earn a decision on Thursday so his record remains at 8-7. However, he lowered his ERA from 3.86 to 3.68 through 24 starts for the Tourists.

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.