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Nolasco, Marlins prevail in series opener vs. Nats

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MIAMI -- Ricky Nolasco was happy to put two bad starts behind him.

The 23-year-old right-hander allowed one earned run over seven innings and drove in two runs as the Florida Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Monday night.

Nolasco (7-6) gave up five hits and struck out four for his first win in three starts.

"I was keeping my fastball down in the zone and I had a good breaking ball and changeup," Nolasco said. "I had good command."

Nolasco was 0-2 in his last two starts with an ERA of 25.41, including a 9-1 loss to Washington in which he gave up eight runs (seven earned) over four innings on July 3. He is coming off an outing where he went 1 2/3 innings in a 17-3 loss to the New York Mets on July 8 in which he gave up six hits and a career-high nine earned runs.

"It happens and I learn from it and get over it," Nolasco said. "You can't keep that in the back of your mind. When you have outings like that it just makes you hungrier to get back out there. I know I'm better than that."

Tony Armas Jr. (6-5) gave up four runs and five hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out four.

"I didn't get the result I wanted but I got out there and threw some quality pitches," Armas said. "I made a mistake (against Nolasco) and I paid for it. I threw him some good sliders. That one just stayed up. What can I say?"

Armas was recalled from his rehabilitation assignment and reinstated from the 15-day disabled list earlier Monday. The 28-year-old Armas, who had a strained right forearm, threw 92 pitches before being relieved by Micah Bowie.

"Overall, he pitched pretty good," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "There was still the high pitch count. He couldn't go deep. You always look lifeless when you're not putting people on base. We just couldn't put anything together."

Taylor Tankersley pitched a scoreless eighth for Florida and Joe Borowski worked the ninth for his 18th save in 20 opportunities.

Florida went ahead 4-1 with a three-run fourth inning. Mike Jacobs led off with a double and scored on Jeremy Hermida's one-out single. With two outs, the Marlins loaded the bases with a single and a walk and Nolasco drove in two with a line drive single over second base.

"It was a short slider over the plate and I just tried to stay over the middle with it," Nolasco said.

Washington closed to 4-2 in the seventh with an unearned run. Nick Johnson reached second on a two-base error when right fielder Hermida couldn't hang on to a fly ball. He moved to third on a fly caught by Hermida in foul territory and scored on Jose Guillen's single.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first on Hanley Ramirez's leadoff homer over the scoreboard in left. It was his second home run in two days and third leadoff homer of the season.

"It was a curveball and I got a good swing on the ball and got on top of it," Ramirez said. "I'm just trying to get on base."

The Nationals tied the game in the fourth on Felipe Lopez's 10th homer of the season and first as a National. Lopez was acquired in a trade with Cincinnati on July 13.

Notes

  • To make room for Armas, C Matt LeCroy was designated for assignment.
  • Nationals 2B Jose Vidro left the game in the fourth inning with a slight left hamstring strain and is listed as day-to-day. He was replaced by Marlon Anderson.
  • Washington's Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
  • The Marlins have homered in 13 of 15 games in July and have 20 home runs this month.
  • Jacobs has an 11-game hitting streak.
 
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Dan Uggla (right) congratulates Hanley Ramirez, who belts a solo shot in the first inning.  (Getty Images)
Dan Uggla (right) congratulates Hanley Ramirez, who belts a solo shot in the first inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Florida

R. Nolasco
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 4
Florida

J. Hermida
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010010 .282
Felipe Lopez, SS4111001 .261
Jose Vidro, 2B1000000 .300
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH-2B3010000 .279
Nick Johnson, 1B4100021 .297
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010012 .292
Jose Guillen, RF3011001 .217
Alex Escobar, CF3000002 .429
Brian Schneider, C3010000 .233
Tony J. Armas, P2000021 .111
    Micah Bowie, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Matos, PH1000000 .205
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Totals32262068 
a-flied out for Vidro in the 4th
b-grounded out for Bowie in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (28, Nolasco)
HR - Felipe Lopez (10, Nolasco)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (31), Jose Guillen (40)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
E - Nick Johnson (6, ), Felipe Lopez 2 (17, Wild throw)
Washington Nationals
Tony J. Armas (L,6-5) 5544241 4.61
Micah Bowie 2100010 1.29
Jon Rauch 1100110 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Tony J. Armas 75-48, Micah Bowie 23-15, Jon Rauch 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony J. Armas 7-5, Micah Bowie 1-4
Batters Faced - Tony J. Armas 23, Micah Bowie 7, Jon Rauch 5
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4111013 .272
Dan Uggla, 2B4000011 .298
Mike Jacobs, 1B4110000 .287
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Cody Ross, LF0000000 .238
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2000211 .324
Josh Willingham, LF4000002 .264
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
Jeremy Hermida, RF4131010 .301
Miguel Olivo, C4110005 .285
Reggie Abercrombie, CF3000113 .216
Ricky Nolasco, P2012011 .190
    Wes Helms, 1B0000000 .272
Totals314743616 
Batting
2B - Mike Jacobs (27, Armas), Jeremy Hermida (14, Rauch)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (8, Armas)
SH - Ricky Nolasco (4)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (29), Jeremy Hermida (16), Ricky Nolasco 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Ricky Nolasco 2 (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Jacobs, Cabrera-Uggla-Jacobs
E - Jeremy Hermida (3, Dropped fly)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (W,7-6) 7521041 4.67
Taylor Tankersley (H,6) 1000010 1.54
Joe Borowski (S,18) 1100010 3.65
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 81-52, Taylor Tankersley 15-9, Joe Borowski 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 5-11, Taylor Tankersley 2-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 25, Taylor Tankersley 3, Joe Borowski 4
Game Information
Attendance - 7562
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna