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Nolasco, Marlins spoil Webb's shot at 10-0 start for D-Backs

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MIAMI -- Desperate for a breakthrough run against Brandon Webb, Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez gave the sign for a suicide squeeze.

"I was scared when I saw it," said Luis Gonzalez, who was standing at third base.

"It's a dangerous play," said Matt Treanor, the batter.

The Marlins have been a surprise all season, and they pulled off another one Wednesday night, using the brazen bunt to help end Webb's winning streak.

Treanor squeezed home Florida's first run, and Ricky Nolasco allowed only three hits over seven innings to beat Webb and the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1.

"I'm not going to go 33-, 34-0 probably," said Webb (9-1). "It was going to happen sometime. Losing in this manner, to a guy who pitched a great game, is probably a good way for it to happen."

Webb was bidding to become only the third pitcher since World War I to win his first 10 starts. Instead, he left for a pinch hitter after allowing six hits and three runs in seven innings.

"There's not going to be as much media around to be canonized -- that's probably the only good thing," Webb said. "I'm just going to have to go out in five days and try to get to 10-1."

Treanor's bunt made tied it 1-1 in the fifth inning, and Cody Ross followed with a homer. Stephen Drew hit his sixth homer for the Diamondbacks, but that's all the offense they could muster against Nolasco (3-3).

Florida won for the second consecutive night in the matchup of first-place teams. The NL West-leading Diamondbacks came into the series with the best record in the majors, but they have totaled three runs and 10 hits in the first two games against the Marlins, who lead the NL East despite baseball's lowest payroll.

"We still have a lot to prove," Luis Gonzalez said. "People are waiting to see if this is a legitimate team, and that's to be expected. It's a young team and a tough division."

Nolasco's performance was his best since his rookie season in 2006, when he won 11 games, and he lowered his ERA from 5.18 to 4.62. The right-hander said he drew extra incentive from facing Webb.

"You go out there and try to match a guy like that inning for inning," Nolasco said. "You know he's going to be good, and we've just got to try to be better. You've got to be on top of your game."

Webb retired the first 11 batters and took a 1-0 lead into the fifth, when the Marlins scored twice. Gonzalez tripled with one out, then took off on a 1-0 pitch as Treanor bunted up the first-base line.

"It's just one of those gut things," Fredi Gonzalez said. "It worked out. If it didn't work we lose 1-0, or we're still out there playing."

Gonzalez scored standing up as first baseman Conor Jackson fielded the ball and tagged Treanor.

"It's awesome, especially when you hear the crowd going wild as you're getting tagged out," Treanor said.

Ross then hit his fifth homer, pulling a 2-0 pitch over the scoreboard. It was only the third home run allowed by Webb this season.

Florida added a run in the seventh on Dan Uggla's double and a single by Gonzalez.

"With Webb it's riding one of those tough rodeo bulls," Fredi Gonzalez said. "You've just got to hang on."

Trailing 3-1, Arizona had runners at the corners with one out in the eighth, but Matt Lindstrom struck out Orlando Hudson and Jackson. Kevin Gregg completed the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his second save in as many nights, and his ninth in 10 chances.

The Diamondbacks struck out 11 times.

"We were all hot at the same time," said Justin Upton, who is 0-for-7 in the series with five strikeouts. "And as it looks right now, we're all cold at the same time."

The exception is Drew, who homered to lead off the fourth and had three of Arizona's four hits.

The Marlins won without slumping shortstop Hanley Ramirez, held out of the lineup for the first time this season. Ramirez, who signed a $70 million, six-year contract extension Saturday, was 1-for-15 with 10 strikeouts in the past four games.

Notes

  • Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy wore a Marlins T-shirt to the game and visited beforehand with Florida manager Gonzalez, a longtime friend.
  • Over the past five games, the Diamondbacks are 1-for-40 the first time through the order with 14 strikeouts.
 
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Brandon Webb fails to improve to 10-0, but pitches decent, yielding three runs over seven innings.  (AP)
Brandon Webb fails to improve to 10-0, but pitches decent, yielding three runs over seven innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

R. Nolasco
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
Arizona

S. Drew
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4000001 .247
Stephen Drew, SS4131010 .292
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000113 .298
Conor Jackson, 1B4000014 .297
Justin Upton, RF3000110 .304
Eric Byrnes, LF4000031 .213
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000021 .228
Chris Snyder, C3010011 .271
Brandon Webb, P2000011 .095
   a- Augie Ojeda, PH0000100 .340
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
Totals31141311  
a-walked for Webb in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Snyder (10, Nolasco)
HR - Stephen Drew (6, Nolasco)
RBI - Stephen Drew (19)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Snyder-Hudson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (L,9-1) 7633071 2.69
Juan Cruz 1100020 2.33
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 99-63, Juan Cruz 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 11-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 26, Juan Cruz 4
Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, SS4020010 .238
Jeremy Hermida, RF4000011 .276
Jorge Cantu, 3B4010012 .265
Mike Jacobs, 1B3000012 .256
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B3110010 .323
Luis Gonzalez, LF3121010 .296
Matt Treanor, C2001010 .288
Cody Ross, CF3111000 .184
Ricky Nolasco, P2000010 .077
    Wes Helms, 1B1000010 .222
Totals2937309  
Batting
2B - Jorge Cantu (11, Webb), Dan Uggla (17, Webb)
3B - Luis Gonzalez (1, Webb)
HR - Cody Ross (5, Webb)
SH - Matt Treanor (3)
RBI - Luis Gonzalez (13), Matt Treanor (11), Cody Ross (11)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross (3)
CS - Luis Gonzalez (2, 2nd base by Webb/Snyder)
Team LOB - 3
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (W,3-3) 7311271 4.62
Matt Lindstrom (H,3) 1100120 3.18
Kevin Gregg (S,9) 1000020 2.31
WP - Matt Lindstrom (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 110-73, Matt Lindstrom 24-14, Kevin Gregg 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 7-7
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 26, Matt Lindstrom 5, Kevin Gregg 3
Game Information
Attendance - 11227
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Damien Beal, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott