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Marlins Repeat History in Perfect Game Loss


   Josh Johnson isn't the only pitcher to come out on the short end of 1-0 score in a perfect game thrown by the opposing pitcher. And center fielder Cameron Maybin isn't the first fielder whose error led to the only run in a perfect game defeat.

   In fact, last night's masterpiece by the Phillies' Roy Halladay marked the SIXTH time that a perfect game has ended in a 1-0 decision with the lone run being unearned, amazing considering that there have been just 20 perfect games in major league history.

     Here's a brief rundown of the six 1-0, error-deciding perfect games:

  -- Lee Richmond of the Worcestor Ruby Legs pitches baseball's first perfect game, defeating the Cleveland Blues, 1-0, in 1880. A throwing error by Blues rookie second baseman Fred Dunlap produces the only run. Jim McCormick gets the loss.

  -- Addie Joss of the Cleveland Naps records a perfect game in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Oct. 2, 1908. First baseman Frank Isbell's throwing error leads to the only run. Ed Walsh gets the loss.

   -- The Dodgers' Sandy Koufax pitches a perfect game in a 1-0 decision over the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965. Bob Hendley of the Cubs takes the loss. Catcher Chris Krug's throwing error produces the run.

    -- The Angels' Mike Witt delivers a perfect game on Sept. 9, 1984, in a 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers. Charlie Hough is the loser. Catcher Donnie Scott's passed ball leads to the only run.

-- Cincinnati's Tom Browning comes up with a perfect game on Sept. 16, 1988, in a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers. The run scores on third baseman Jeff Hamilton's throwing error. The Dodgers' Tim Belcher takes the loss.

-- Halladay records the 20th perfect game in MLB history on Saturday, a 1-0 decision over the Marlins. Johnson gets the loss despite holding the Phillies to an unearned run that results from center fielder Maybin's three-base fielding error in the third inning.

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