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Morton overpowers Cardinals, flirts with no-hitter and carries Braves to shutout 4-0 victory

Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. steals second base in the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


ATLANTA — After a pair of tense games won on their last swing, the Cardinals’ late-game suspense Thursday was not whether they would conjure a rally or steal a win, but whether they’d get a hit at all.

Atlanta starter Charlie Morton, a far different pitcher than when last the Cardinals saw him and the 2-12 record he had against them, carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and seemed to have one at his fingertips until a full-count single interrupted his dominance.