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Marlins 3, Reds 2

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CINCINNATI -- Ricky Nolasco stuck around long enough to benefit from another late rally by the Florida Marlins.

Nolasco pitched seven sharp innings, pinch-hitter Ross Gload connected for a two-run homer in the eighth and Florida beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Saturday night.

Jorge Cantu also homered for the Marlins, who scored four times in the ninth inning Friday to beat the Reds 4-3 and end a nine-game skid in Cincinnati that dated to April 2006. Florida remained four games behind wild card-leading Colorado, which beat Arizona.

 Playoff Race

"We just have to worry about ourselves," Nolasco said. "Sure we scoreboard watch, but the only thing we can control is our game. We don't care how we get in whether it's the wild card or the division. We just want in."

Nolasco became the first Florida pitcher to last at least seven innings since Aug. 18, when he pitched a complete game in a 6-2 win at Houston. According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau, the Marlins had gone 29 consecutive games without a starter getting through the seventh inning, tying a major league record set by Florida in the last 29 games of the 2002 season.

"We just got in a funk for a while," Nolasco said. "We had been going six innings, but we have a good bullpen. There were plenty of times when we could have gone out there [for a seventh inning], but when the bullpen is going good, you go to them."

Nolasco (12-9) allowed two runs and four hits, struck out 10 and walked one while picking up his third win in his last four starts.

Brian Sanches pitched 1 1/3 innings, leaving with one out and a runner on first in the ninth. Dan Meyer got Jonny Gomes to fly out to center before Matt Lindstrom retired another pinch hitter, Scott Rolen, on a popup to shortstop Hanley Ramirez for his 15th save.

Ronny Paulino started the Florida eighth with a double to left off Bronson Arroyo. Cameron Maybin struck out before Gload drove a 1-0 pitch into the right-field seats for his second pinch homer and 19th hit in that role, tying the single-season club record.

"I never grew up wanting to be a really good pinch hitter, so I don't keep track," Gload said.

Gload and Wes Helms give manager Fredi Gonzalez two good late-game options.

"Gload has had some big hits for us," Gonzalez said. "Pinch hitting is a veteran job. We have Ross from the left side and Helms from the right. It is a two-headed monster. They know how to prepare and stay in the game. You just have to make sure you get them a start once in a while."

Arroyo (13-13) allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings, dropping to 5-5 with a 2.21 ERA in his last 14 starts.

"That was a good game, man," Arroyo said. "I didn't have the greatest fastball control after the third inning, so I was relying on my changeup, and I got some easy outs with it. I got the big hit, which I don't usually get, and then I gave it right back."

Drew Stubbs got the Reds off to a fast start, hitting Nolasco's second pitch into the seats in right-center field for his eighth homer in 129 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 19. The leadoff homer was his second in four days and third overall.

Ryan Hanigan went deep with two out in the seventh to give Cincinnati a 2-1 lead. It was his third homer of the season and first in 39 at-bats since Aug. 13.

Nolasco retired 14 consecutive batters and 17 of 18 before Hanigan's drive.

"When you look at the big picture, I threw the ball OK," Nolasco said. "I made a mistake to Hanigan that was unacceptable. The leadoff home run I was trying to get ahead and he just went with it and hit it out. Those things are going to happen, but I hung a curve to Hanigan and that can't happen. If Ross doesn't come up with that big hit, I ruined the game for us."

Notes

Lenny Harris set the Florida record with 19 pinch hits in 2005. ... The Reds activated C Ramon Hernandez from the 15-day disabled list. Hernandez had been out since July after having arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee. ... Tentative plans for RHP Johnny Cueto to start Sunday were scratched while Cueto continues to recover from flu-like symptoms. Manager Dusty Baker said he hopes Cueto can start Tuesday in Pittsburgh. ... Cincinnati LF Laynce Nix batted second for the first time this season.
 
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Players of the Game
Florida

R. Nolasco
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 10
Florida

R. Gload
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4020000 .310
Nick Johnson, 1B3000101 .296
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000002 .353
Jorge Cantu, 3B4121010 .281
Dan Uggla, 2B4000031 .242
Cody Ross, RF3000001 .273
Ronny Paulino, C3010010 .271
    Emilio Bonifacio, PR0100000 .251
    John Baker, C0000000 .270
Cameron Maybin, CF3000011 .220
Ricky Nolasco, P2000010 .133
   a- Ross Gload, PH1112000 .272
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals3136317  
a-homered for Nolasco in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (24, Arroyo), Ronny Paulino (7, Arroyo)
HR - Jorge Cantu (16, Arroyo), Ross Gload (5, Arroyo)
RBI - Jorge Cantu (89), Ross Gload 2 (28)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Sanches-H. Ramirez-N. Johnson
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (W,12-9) 74221102 5.34
Brian Sanches (H,8) 1.1100110 1.86
Dan Meyer (H,18) 0.1000000 3.02
Matt Lindstrom (S,15) 0.1000000 5.79
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 96-66, Brian Sanches 14-9, Dan Meyer 4-3, Matt Lindstrom 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 2-9, Brian Sanches 1-1
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 26, Brian Sanches 5, Dan Meyer 1, Matt Lindstrom 1
Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF3121100 .260
Laynce Nix, LF4000011 .243
Joey Votto, 1B4020001 .305
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000033 .277
Juan Francisco, 3B3000031 .200
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH1000001 .266
Jay Bruce, RF2000120 .208
   b- Scott Rolen, PH1000001 .302
Ryan Hanigan, C3111001 .268
Paul Janish, SS3000001 .215
Bronson Arroyo, P2000021 .107
   c- Drew Sutton, PH1000000 .207
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Totals31252211  
a-flied out for Francisco in the 9th
b-popped out for Bruce in the 9th
c-flied out for Arroyo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (26, Nolasco)
HR - Drew Stubbs (8, Nolasco), Ryan Hanigan (3, Nolasco)
RBI - Drew Stubbs (14), Ryan Hanigan (10)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Hanigan (4)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Arroyo-Janish-Votto, Francisco-B. Phillips-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (L,13-13) 8633162 4.04
Ramon Ramirez 1000010 5.14
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 117-75, Ramon Ramirez 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 10-6, Ramon Ramirez 1-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 29, Ramon Ramirez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17026
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Adrian Johnson