MIAMI — Chris Capuano was well aware he was working on a no-hit bid, thanks to a fan who constantly gave him updates.
Capuano held Miami hitless until the seventh inning and Hanley Ramirez drove in three runs against his former team, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Marlins 5-0 Sunday.
“I started thinking about it a little bit probably after the fifth, sixth,” Capuano said. “I had a nice heckler today when I was in the on-deck circle that kept reminding me. I actually turned to him and said, ‘Yeah, I know.'”
Capuano (11-8) shut down the Marlins until Jose Reyes lined a clean single to center field with one out in the seventh.
“Jose’s got a quick bat. I left one over the middle and he smoked it,” Capuano said.
Capuano allowed two hits in eight innings, striking out nine. The 33-year-old lefty had lost his last three starts with a 6.75 ERA in that span.
“He’s tough and he’s tough for a younger club,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “They’ve got some older guys, but they’ve got some younger guys that he can really pull the string and rock you back and forth, hard, soft, hard, soft. That’s tough for young hitters.”
Ramirez, acquired in a trade with the Marlins on July 25, hit a sacrifice fly in the third. He added a two-run single in eighth, giving him 500 career RBIs.