Parra Hurls Gem as Brewers Beat Giants

Left-hander gets first Major League win with 5 no-hit innings
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 5, 2008 6:40 PM CDT
Milwaukee Brewers' Manny Parra delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of the baseball game, Saturday April 5, 2008 in Milwaukee.    (AP Photo/ Ron Kuenstler)
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(Newser) – Manny Parra earned his first major league victory, delivering a breakout performance in the Milwaukee Brewers' 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants today. The 25-year-old left-hander held the Giants hitless through five innings before giving up a pair of runs in the sixth and leaving the game with a 3-2 lead. New Milwaukee closer Eric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.

The Giants scored another two runs off the Brewers' bullpen in the final three innings, but late-inning homers from Ryan Braun and Gabe Kapler helped Milwaukee hold the lead.
The Brewers will try for a three-game series sweep of the Giants tomorrow. Parra gave up a leadoff triple to Eugenio Velez to start the sixth, ending his no-hit bid.