CHICAGO — Ted Lilly held Colorado hitless for 6 2/3 innings and the Chicago Cubs won their home opener Monday by holding the Rockies to one hit in a 4-0 victory in front of 40,077.
Garrett Atkins grounded a single between shortstop and third base on a 1-and-0 pitch with two outs in the seventh inning to spoil the left-hander's no-hit bid. After Seth Smith followed the single with a walk, Manager Lou Piniella removed Lilly.
"I was aware, but I wasn't really thinking about it," Lilly said. "I was still trying to focus on making quality pitches, not so much how am I going to protect that, you know protect the no-hitter."
Lilly (2-0) gave up two walks and the single, and struck out eight. Angel Guzman, Aaron Heilman and Kevin Gregg completed the shutout.