Kyle Freeland leads Rockies to 10-0 win by throwing near no-hitter

He made it 8 1/3 innings in a 10-0 Rockies’ win over the White Sox before finally surrendering a hit to Melky Cabrera.

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Kyle Freeland nearly completed the no-hitter Sunday at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports)

Kyle Freeland nearly completed the no-hitter Sunday at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports)

Kyle Freeland was 3 years old the last time someone threw a no-hitter at Coors Field. On Sept. 17, 1996, Hideo Nomo made it nine innings without surrendering a hit in a 9-0 Dodgers win. Since then, no pitcher has been able to accomplish the feat.

Freeland, now 24 and a rookie with the Rockies, nearly joined Nomo in that exclusive club Sunday. He made it 8 1/3 innings in a 10-0 Rockies’ win over the White Sox before finally surrendering a hit to Melky Cabrera.

Freeland came two batters away from becoming the first-ever Rockies pitcher to throw a no-no at Coors Field. He’d exit the game after throwing 126 pitches, striking out nine, walking one and allowing the lone hit to Cabrera.

Freeland’s performance helped the Rockies improve to 52-39 as they head into the All-Star break. At the stopping point, Freeland leads Colorado in innings pitched (107 1/3) and has a 3.77 ERA.

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