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Marlins' Nolasco whiffs 13 Rockies en route to victory

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MIAMI -- Ricky Nolasco was three outs away from the first complete game of his major-league career -- and from snapping a major league record for the franchise.

The Marlins right-hander settled for a career-high 13 strike outs and a win.

Nolasco allowed three runs and four hits to win his first game since July 7, John Baker hit a two-run homer and Florida beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Saturday night.

"All that matters is that we won," Nolasco said.

Nolasco (11-6) didn't walk a batter before turning it over to Kevin Gregg, who pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 30 chances.

"You've got to go with your guy in the ninth inning," Baker said, "and it's been KG all year."

Still, the Marlins have gone a big league-record 287 games since their last complete game on Sept. 16, 2006. Surely the thought of sending Nolasco out there one more time crossed the mind of manager Fredi Gonzalez.

"I didn't want to let him run through that top of the lineup again, the meat of the lineup again, for the fourth time," Gonzalez said.

Baker finished with three RBI, his homer off Colorado starter Valerio De Los Santos giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead in the second inning. Baker drove in another run in the third.

"I knew I got that one pretty good," Baker said of his home run. "That's the best feeling in baseball, is when you get a pitch and you hit it well and you know it's gone."

De Los Santos (0-1) gave up three runs and four hits over four innings before he was replaced by Jason Grilli. The 35-year-old journeyman, who struck out eight, hasn't won since July 6, 2005. He was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday to make his first major league start in more than eight years.

"The big problem was control," De Los Santos said. "I wasn't able to throw my fastball for a strike."

The Marlins remained 1½ games behind the Philadelphia Phillies and moved a half-game ahead of the New York Mets in the NL East. Florida plays three-game sets against both clubs during a six-game swing through the Northeast beginning Tuesday.

For the second time this season, Matt Holliday homered twice against the Marlins. His first home run in the fourth made it 3-2, and his solo shot in the sixth inning made it 4-3.

"He's having good at-bats," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's making his presence known throughout the lead. He's becoming a prime time player."

Josh Willingham tripled in the fifth, then scored on Mike Jacobs' triple to put Florida ahead 4-2. It was the second time in four games that two Florida batters have tripled in the same inning.

Willingham's RBI double in the sixth gave Florida a 5-3 advantage.

Colorado took a 1-0 lead in the first when Willy Taveras scored on Brad Hawpe's sacrifice fly, but it was quickly erased by Baker's home run.

De Los Santos walked three consecutive batters in the third, but Florida's lone run that inning came when Willingham scored on Baker's groundout to first base.

Notes

  • Florida took the first game of the four-game series 12-2 on Thursday and the Rockies won 5-2 on Friday night.
  • Marlins LHP Andrew Miller, on the 15-day DL since July 18 with patella tendinitis in right knee, threw a bullpen session Saturday.
 
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Ricky Nolasco has a big reason to smile as he records a career-high 13 K's and a win.  (US Presswire)
Ricky Nolasco has a big reason to smile as he records a career-high 13 K's and a win. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Florida

R. Nolasco
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 3
BB 0
K 13
Colorado

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4110030 .257
Omar Quintanilla, SS3000021 .260
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   a- Seth Smith, PH1010000 .276
Matt Holliday, LF4232011 .348
Brad Hawpe, RF3001011 .282
Garrett Atkins, 1B4000012 .297
Ian Stewart, 3B3000020 .305
Jeff Baker, 2B3000020 .281
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000020 .248
Valerio De Los Santos, P2000010 .000
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
    Troy Tulowitzki, SS1000000 .232
Totals31353015  
a-doubled for Herges in the 9th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (4, Gregg)
HR - Matt Holliday 2 (20, Nolasco, Nolasco)
SF - Brad Hawpe (1)
RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (65), Brad Hawpe (54)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (21)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
PB - Yorvit Torrealba (3)
Colorado Rockies
Valerio De Los Santos (L,0-1) 4433581 5.63
Jason Grilli 1.2321140 3.65
Luis Vizcaino 1.1000120 6.00
Matt Herges 1000000 4.67
IBB - Baker by Jason Grilli
Pitches-Strikes - Valerio De Los Santos 96-54, Jason Grilli 44-24, Luis Vizcaino 24-16, Matt Herges 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Valerio De Los Santos 1-3, Jason Grilli 2-0, Matt Herges 1-2
Batters Faced - Valerio De Los Santos 21, Jason Grilli 10, Luis Vizcaino 5, Matt Herges 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000110 .292
Jeremy Hermida, RF5120020 .260
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B5010022 .290
Josh Willingham, LF3221112 .282
Dan Uggla, 2B2000213 .270
Mike Jacobs, 1B3011102 .245
    Wes Helms, 3B0000000 .245
Cody Ross, CF3100124 .248
John Baker, C3113110 .220
Ricky Nolasco, P4000044 .077
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Totals32575714  
Batting
2B - Jorge Cantu (29, De Los Santos), Josh Willingham (14, Grilli)
3B - Josh Willingham (3, Grilli), Mike Jacobs (2, Grilli)
HR - John Baker (4, De Los Santos)
RBI - Josh Willingham (30), Mike Jacobs (62), John Baker 3 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Willingham (12)
SB - Jeremy Hermida (5, 2nd base off Grilli/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 10
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (W,11-6) 84330132 3.91
Kevin Gregg (S,24) 1100020 2.42
WP - Kevin Gregg (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 93-67, Kevin Gregg 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 4-7
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 28, Kevin Gregg 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22324
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Mike Reilly