Florida at Houston

W: R. Nolasco (9-8) L: B. Norris (3-1)
HR: FLA - D. Uggla (22), J. Cantu (13), J. Hermida (12)   HOU - C. Lee (20)

Nolasco whiffs 10 to beat Astros as Marlins stretch historic hit streak

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HOUSTON -- Florida reached 10 hits for the 14th consecutive game on Tuesday night. The way Ricky Nolasco pitched, the Marlins hardly needed them all.

The right-hander struck out 10 in his second complete game of the season, leading Florida to a 6-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

"We got the pitching we needed to get," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I'm happier with that than I am with the 10 hits."

Florida's streak of 10-hit games is the longest since the 1937 St. Louis Browns reached the total in 15 straight, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Nolasco allowed only three hits and struck out at least one in seven of nine innings, completing the fifth complete game by a Marlins pitcher this season.

Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu and Jeremy Hermida hit solo homers for the Marlins, who've won nine of 11.

While the Marlins piled up the hits again, Nolasco dominated the Astros, retiring 23 in a row after Carlos Lee's two-run homer in the first inning. Nolasco (9-8) threw 115 pitches, 80 for strikes, bouncing back well after giving up 10 runs on eight hits against the Astros a week ago in Miami.

"Last time against the Astros, he didn't do very good," said Hanley Ramirez, who had three hits and scored a run. "We knew he could do it. The most important thing was he saved our bullpen."

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Nolasco didn't change much after the shaky first inning.

"I just made a couple of mistakes there," Nolasco said. "From there on, I just tried to get my pitches out in front and mixed it up."

Lance Berkman doubled off the center-field wall before Lee homered to left on the first pitch he saw. Lee has hit seven home runs with 27 RBI in his last 28 games.

Ramirez led off the fourth with a single to left and later scored on John Baker's sacrifice fly. Uggla then tied it with a solo homer to right, his 22nd of the season.

Lee drove a 2-1 pitch to the wall in left-center in the Houston fourth, but Cody Ross caught it on the warning track. Nolasco struck out Geoff Blum to end the inning, then fanned Hunter Pence and Chris Coste in the fifth.

"He mixed us up a lot and got a lot of first pitch strikes on us," Michael Bourn said. "He wasn't missing with too many pitches, and when a pitcher is doing that, it's kind of tough to get at him."

The Astros lost for the sixth time in eight games after trading catcher Ivan Rodriguez to Texas earlier in the day.

Rookie Bud Norris (3-1) gave up five runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings to lose for the first time in four major-league starts.

Norris had retired five in a row when Cantu homered into the left-field porch. Baker doubled to the gap in left center, prompting a mound visit by Houston pitching coach Dewey Robinson.

Uggla then beat out an infield single and Norris hit Ross with a pitch to load the bases. Hermida singled to right to drive home Baker and one out later, Norris walked Chris Coghlan to make it 5-2.

Hermida homered to right center off Sammy Gervacio in the eighth, Florida's 10th hit.

"It was pretty cool, how it kind of worked out in dramatic fashion, that it [the 10th hit] was a home run," Baker said. "That was pretty exciting."

Nolasco struck out Jason Michaels leading off the Astros' ninth. Bourn beat out a bouncer in front of the plate to snap Nolasco's streak of outs. Nolasco retired Miguel Tejada and Berkman on flyouts to end it.


  • Marlins 1B Nick Johnson was out of the starting lineup to rest a sore right hamstring. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he was just playing it safe after Johnson left the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against Colorado. "He's day to day," Gonzalez said. "We're just going to take it easy with him."
  • The Astros placed LHP Mike Hampton on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain and recalled RHP Felipe Paulino from Triple-A Round Rock. The move is retroactive to Aug. 14, the day after Hampton left his start against Florida with the injury. Yorman Bazardo (0-0) will take Hampton's place in the rotation this week and start Wednesday's game.
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Miguel Tejada and the Astros are left frustrated all night by Florida's Ricky Nolaso.  (AP)
Miguel Tejada and the Astros are left frustrated all night by Florida's Ricky Nolaso. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Lee
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

R. Nolasco
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 0
K 10

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MLB Power Rankings (4/18) (2:50)
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4001121 .285
Ross Gload, 1B5000004 .263
Hanley Ramirez, SS5130000 .359
Jorge Cantu, 3B4111102 .280
    Wes Helms, 3B0000000 .275
John Baker, C3111001 .281
Dan Uggla, 2B4221000 .242
Cody Ross, CF3010010 .271
Jeremy Hermida, RF4132001 .260
Ricky Nolasco, P3000033 .171
2B - John Baker (23, Norris)
HR - Jorge Cantu (13, Norris), Dan Uggla (22, Norris), Jeremy Hermida (12, Gervacio)
SF - John Baker (2)
SH - Ricky Nolasco (8)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (34), Jorge Cantu (67), John Baker (39), Dan Uggla (63), Jeremy Hermida 2 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Coghlan (11), Dan Uggla (28), Jeremy Hermida (19)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (23, 2nd base off Norris/Coste)
Team LOB - 7
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (W,9-8) 93220101 5.22
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 115-80
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 8-9
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 30
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4010010 .287
Miguel Tejada, SS4000011 .310
Lance Berkman, 1B4110011 .271
Carlos Lee, LF3112000 .313
Geoff Blum, 3B3000020 .266
Hunter Pence, RF3000010 .285
Kazuo Matsui, 2B3000010 .240
Chris Coste, C3000020 .233
Bud Norris, P1000000 .286
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
   a- Darin Erstad, PH1000000 .213
    Sammy Gervacio, P0000000 .000
    Alberto Arias, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Michaels, PH1000010 .222
a-flied out for Byrdak in the 6th
b-struck out for Arias in the 9th
2B - Lance Berkman (23, Nolasco)
HR - Carlos Lee (20, Nolasco)
RBI - Carlos Lee 2 (76)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee 2 (17)
Team LOB - 1
DP - Matsui-Tejada-Berkman
Houston Astros
Bud Norris (L,3-1) 5.2955142 4.05
Tim Byrdak 0.1000000 3.25
Sammy Gervacio 2111121 1.93
Alberto Arias 1100000 3.43
HBP - Ross (by Bud Norris)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 94-61, Tim Byrdak 4-3, Sammy Gervacio 33-19, Alberto Arias 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 7-6, Tim Byrdak 1-0, Sammy Gervacio 2-1, Alberto Arias 2-1
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 28, Tim Byrdak 1, Sammy Gervacio 7, Alberto Arias 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30189
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Scott Barry