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Florida (58-60) «0000410016101
Pittsburgh (40-79)000000000060

Marlins 6, Pirates 0

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PITTSBURGH -- Ricky Nolasco used his arm and bat to help the Florida Marlins have fun again.

Nolasco pitched six shutout innings for the second consecutive start and added two hits and two RBI, and the Marlins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

"Our intensity and our competitiveness was at a different level tonight, and I think our level of having fun was at a higher level, too," said second baseman Dan Uggla, who was vocal during a closed-door, players-only meeting after a 7-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday. "I think everybody showed up with a different attitude today. Everyone was smiling all day. I think we came out with a much higher level of intensity."

Nolasco (14-8) extended his road winning streak to seven games and won for the fifth time in six starts overall. He allowed five hits - all singles - and a walk with nine strikeouts.

"Whenever he can throw his breaking ball for a strike in any count, we pretty much know early on he's going to have a good game," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "That's what happened tonight."

Nolasco, 10-2 on the road this season, also snapped Florida's streak of 34 hitless at-bats with runners in scoring position with a fifth-inning RBI single.

That scored Wes Helms to break a scoreless tie and was the first of four consecutive singles, the last of which was Gaby Sanchez's liner to right that scored Nolasco and Hanley Ramirez. Uggla followed with a sacrifice fly.

"I don't think it was on our minds we hadn't gotten a hit with runners in scoring position," said Sanchez, who had two hits and two RBI. "(Nolasco's hit) just sparked us, and we were able to get rolling and keep it going."

Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez each had two hits for Pittsburgh, which has lost eight of nine and was shut out for the 13th time this season.

The second Pittsburgh batter of the game, Tabata, singled. But he was caught stealing, and Nolasco retired the next 15 Pirates before pinch-hitter Andy LaRoche's two-out single in the sixth.

Andrew McCutchen then walked and Tabata hit an infield single to load the bases. But Nolasco struck out No. 3 hitter Neil Walker swinging.

"I threw a real good splitter there on a 2-2 count, and he chased it and I got the strikeout," Nolasco said. "That obviously was probably the biggest pitch of the game."

The first two batters of the next inning singled, but Jose Veras induced Ryan Doumit to fly out on his first pitch and got Chris Snyder to ground into a double play.

Veras clenched his fists and raised his arms while walking off the mound.

"I just think that people were having a lot more fun playing," Sanchez said. "We had just been flat, like in the dugout, and I felt like today there definitely was a lot more energy, with guys talking and going around. It definitely showed."

Pirates starter Zach Duke (5-12) had allowed only three hits through the first four innings until the four-run fifth.

"That's hurt him this year, getting into those innings he can't get out of," Pirates manager John Russell said. "He was going along pretty well until that inning."

Nolasco drove in another run the following inning with a two-out double to the same vicinity as his first hit.

"The intensity was there," Rodriguez said. "The desire was there. It was good to see."

Despite spending nearly a month on the disabled list, Duke moved into a tie for the second-most losses in the majors. He allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks in falling to 0-4 lifetime against the Marlins.

"I started leaving the ball up, and when you do that, obviously, you pay for it," Duke said. "I'm just going to try to erase that start from my memory."

Notes:

Florida improved to 22-12 when facing a left-handed starter. ... The Pirates have scored one or zero runs in 24 of their 119 games this season, or more than 20 percent of the time. ... The Marlins had lost their previous five games at PNC Park. ... Marlins rookie OF Logan Morrison went 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI.

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

R. Nolasco
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 9
Florida

G. Sanchez
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Hanley Ramirez, SS4210011 .284
Logan Morrison, LF5121000 .299
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5022021 .287
Dan Uggla, 2B3011121 .291
Mike Stanton, RF3000113 .271
Cody Ross, CF4000011 .261
Wes Helms, 3B3210101 .226
Ronny Paulino, C4010012 .256
Ricky Nolasco, P3122011 .174
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1000000 .231
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
Totals35610639  
a-flied out for Veras in the 9th
Batting
2B - Logan Morrison (7, Park), Gaby Sanchez (29, Duke), Ricky Nolasco (3, Duke)
SF - Dan Uggla (4)
RBI - Logan Morrison (7), Gaby Sanchez 2 (55), Dan Uggla (76), Ricky Nolasco 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Ricky Nolasco (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Paulino-H. Ramirez, Helms-G. Sanchez
E - Hanley Ramirez (15, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (W,14-8) 6500190 4.22
Jose Veras 2000010 3.49
Clay Hensley 1100010 2.80
WP - Ricky Nolasco (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 108-71, Jose Veras 18-12, Clay Hensley 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 4-4, Jose Veras 3-2, Clay Hensley 1-1
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 23, Jose Veras 6, Clay Hensley 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF3000110 .279
Jose Tabata, LF4020001 .293
Neil Walker, 2B4000024 .299
Garrett Jones, 1B4010020 .257
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4020000 .255
Ryan Doumit, RF4000033 .252
Chris Snyder, C3000011 .225
Argenis Diaz, SS3000010 .263
Zach Duke, P1000000 .086
    Sean Gallagher, P0000000 .000
   a- Andy LaRoche, PH1010000 .224
    Wil Ledezma, P0000000 .000
    Daniel McCutchen, P0000000 .091
   b- Delwyn Young, PH1000010 .245
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .000
Totals32060111  
a-singled for Gallagher in the 6th
b-struck out for D. McCutchen in the 8th
Batting
2B - Pedro Alvarez (8, Hensley)
CS - Jose Tabata (6, 2nd base by Nolasco/Paulino)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andrew McCutchen 1
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Duke (L,5-12) 5.2955240 5.33
Sean Gallagher 0.1000010 5.40
Wil Ledezma 1000010 9.72
Daniel McCutchen 1000110 6.80
Chan Ho Park 1111020 6.25
HBP - H. Ramirez (by Chan Ho Park)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 101-61, Sean Gallagher 7-5, Wil Ledezma 8-5, Daniel McCutchen 18-9, Chan Ho Park 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 8-4
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 27, Sean Gallagher 1, Wil Ledezma 3, Daniel McCutchen 4, Chan Ho Park 5
Game Information
Attendance - 14156
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Lance Barksdale