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Byrd lays out in right field to preserve no-hitter

Veteran's terrific catch keeps two runs off board in third inning

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PHILADELPHIA -- Every no-hitter seems to have at least one memorable defensive play, and Monday's at Turner Field proved no different.

Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd made a nice diving catch in the third inning that not only kept the combined no-hitter alive in a 7-0 victory over the Braves, but also prevented a couple runs from scoring.

"It was nice I brought my glove, because I didn't have my bat today," said Byrd, who went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. "It happened at the perfect time, making that catch, keeping the lead. It was nice."

The Braves had runners on second and third with two outs after Cole Hamels walked two batters in the inning. Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson hit a line drive to right, but Byrd positioned himself perfectly and came in on the ball to make the catch to preserve the 1-0 lead.

"He hits the ball the other way," Byrd said. "You never know if he's going to hit a line drive or hit it soft over there. He's one of those inside-out hitters. Before that, I saw Chooch [catcher Carlos Ruiz] set up outside then bounce back in. So right before the pitch was thrown, I crept up a little bit. I got a pretty good jump and made the catch."

Said Johnson: "I was just hoping it would get down. He's a pretty good outfielder. The ball just stayed up a little bit. I tried to stay inside it and go the other way. I tried left field the at-bat before, so I figured I'd try right. That didn't work either."

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

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