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Nolasco baffles Cubs, Marlins end seven-game losing streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Ricky Nolasco's first home run since high school fell short of being his personal highlight Monday night.

Nolasco pitched seven strong innings and hit his first career home run to help Florida beat the Chicago Cubs 9-1, snapping the Marlins' season-high seven-game losing streak.

"Definitely, the pitching part of the game is what's most important," Nolasco said. "My main job is to go out there and keep my team in the ballgame."

Hanley Ramirez, Chris Aguila and Nolasco each had two RBI for Florida, which won for the fourth time in 18 home games.

Ramirez had three hits, three runs and reached base five times. Nolasco had two hits and scored twice.

Nolasco (3-1) gave up one run and four hits in the longest outing of his career. The former reliever was making his second career start. He pitched 3 2/3 innings on May 17 at Atlanta in his first start.

"He worked fast and got quick outs," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "When you do that, a lot of times you hit better (as a team)."

Sean Marshall (3-2) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He walked four, struck out two and hit two batters.

"I left some balls up and they did a good job and had a good approach," Marshall said.

Aramis Ramirez hit his ninth home run in the seventh for the Cubs, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

"You come off a big win against the White Sox, and you know the energy (playing before 9,462 fans) is not there," Cubs center fielder Juan Pierre said. "But as professionals you have to find a way to win the game."

Nolasco sent Marshall's first pitch of the fourth inning 341 feet down the left-field line and into the second level to build a 5-0 lead. It was Nolasco's first career hit and the first home run by a Marlins pitcher since Dontrelle Willis' at Houston on Sept 12, 2005.

"I thought it might be a little too high, but after I heard the crowd, I knew it was gone," Nolasco said. "I probably had goose bumps rounding the bases, but I don't remember."

Aguila added a two-out, two-run double in the fourth to open a 7-0 lead.

The Marlins went ahead 9-0 in the fifth thanks to Nolasco's run-scoring single and Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

Nolasco had been 0-for-3 in his career before getting the two hits on Monday.

Florida took a 4-0 lead with a three-run second.

Hanley Ramirez lined a two-run single to left. He then stole second and scored on Dan Uggla's ground-rule double to right-center field.

Ramirez, who did not start the previous five games because of a strained left shoulder, scored the game's first run when Cabrera hit into a double-play in the first.

Florida acquired Nolasco from Chicago in the Dec. 7 trade that sent Pierre to the Cubs.

Notes

  • Marshall and Nolasco were teammates at Chicago's West Tenn Double-A affiliate.
  • The Marlins activated OF Jeremy Hermida from the 15-day disabled list and optioned IF Robert Andino to Triple-A Albuquerque. Hermida singled as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and remained in the game in right.
  • Pierre received a nice ovation after doubling in the sixth.
 
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Ricky Nolasco allows one run in seven innings and hits a home run to defeat his former team.  (AP)
Ricky Nolasco allows one run in seven innings and hits a home run to defeat his former team. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Florida

R. Nolasco
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 3
 

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Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF4020001 .240
Ronny Cedeno, SS4000013 .285
Todd Walker, 2B3000011 .286
    Ryan Theriot, 2B1000001 .000
Michael Barrett, C3000010 .277
    Henry Blanco, C1000000 .051
Jacque Jones, RF4020000 .280
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4121002 .238
John Mabry, 1B2000201 .186
Matt Murton, LF2000001 .261
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .000
   a- Neifi Perez, PH1000001 .192
    Scott Williamson, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P00000001.000
Sean Marshall, P1000011 .176
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Freddie Bynum, LF1000000 .229
Totals311612412 
a-flied out for Novoa in the 7th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (7, Nolasco)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (9, Nolasco)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (21)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (9)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Walker-Mabry, Cedeno-Walker-Mabry
E - Michael Barrett (4, ), Sean Marshall (1, throwing error)
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall (L,3-2) 3.1777421 5.29
Michael Wuertz 1322210 9.82
Roberto Novoa 1.2100000 3.60
Scott Williamson 1000100 3.20
Will Ohman 1000010 6.62
HBP - Willingham (by Sean Marshall), H. Ramirez (by Sean Marshall)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 67-35, Michael Wuertz 46-27, Roberto Novoa 28-19, Scott Williamson 12-5, Will Ohman 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 5-1, Michael Wuertz 2-0, Roberto Novoa 2-3, Scott Williamson 2-1, Will Ohman 1-1
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 21, Michael Wuertz 8, Roberto Novoa 6, Scott Williamson 4, Will Ohman 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3332100 .344
Dan Uggla, 2B4021100 .310
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2101111 .321
   a- Wes Helms, PH-3B1000001 .222
Josh Willingham, LF3000112 .278
Chris Aguila, RF-CF5012012 .232
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000111 .218
Reggie Abercrombie, CF1210200 .244
   b- Jeremy Hermida, PH-RF1010000 .286
Miguel Olivo, C4110002 .243
Ricky Nolasco, P3222002 .333
   c- Joe Borchard, PH1000000 .194
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .000
Totals3291187411 
a-grounded out for Cabrera in the 7th
b-singled for Abercrombie in the 6th
c-flied out for Nolasco in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (8, Marshall), Chris Aguila (7, Wuertz), Miguel Olivo (11, Marshall)
HR - Ricky Nolasco (1, Marshall)
SF - Miguel Cabrera (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (18), Dan Uggla (22), Miguel Cabrera (32), Chris Aguila 2 (7), Ricky Nolasco 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (9), Dan Uggla (10), Chris Aguila 2 (4)
SB - Hanley Ramirez 2 (14, 2nd base off Marshall/Barrett, 3rd base off Wuertz/Barrett), Miguel Cabrera (5, 2nd base off Wuertz/Barrett)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs, H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Jacobs
E - Dan Uggla (3, misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (W,3-1) 7411231 2.89
Renyel Pinto 1100010 0.00
Todd Wellemeyer 1100000 4.58
HBP - Bynum (by Renyel Pinto)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 87-52, Renyel Pinto 12-8, Todd Wellemeyer 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 11-6, Renyel Pinto 1-0, Todd Wellemeyer 1-2
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 26, Renyel Pinto 4, Todd Wellemeyer 4
Game Information
Attendance - 9462
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Mike Winters