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Nolasco fans 11, helps Marlins halt seven-game skid

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MIAMI -- Ricky Nolasco followed his worst outing of the season with his best.

It resulted in a rare victory for the Miami Marlins.

Nolasco struck out 11 and the Marlins stopped a season-high seven-game losing streak, holding off the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Sunday.

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"We've been playing close games, but it doesn't matter if you lose 10-0 or 2-1, you don't want to lose so it was good to snap that and try to get on a roll here," Nolasco said.

The Diamondbacks scored once in the ninth. Mike Dunn, the Marlins' third pitcher of the inning, got pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock to ground out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to end it.

"Bend, but don't break, that's all that matters," Nolasco said.

Marcell Ozuna broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the sixth.

Didi Gregorius had three hits for Arizona, which had won four in a row.

"Early in the game we had a few chances, but we couldn't get the big hit when we needed it and [Nolasco] got stronger," Gregorius said.

Nolasco (3-5) was coming off an outing in which he allowed six runs in five innings in a loss to Cincinnati on Tuesday.

"Ricky was great," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Coming off a shaky last start, but that's Ricky. Ricky's been solid all year and I really wanted him to finish that game. He looked good and was in complete control."

But the Marlins' all-time wins leader bounced back with his best, earning his 79th career victory. He gave up one run and five hits in eight-plus innings.

"I felt good, good command of all my pitches," Nolasco said. "The curve ball was really good so that really helped a lot. I was able to spin it pretty much whenever I wanted to."

After hitting Cody Ross with a pitch in the fourth, Nolasco retired the next 14 batters, striking out the side in the fifth and again in the eighth.

Gregorius led off the ninth with a double, finishing Nolasco's day after 110 pitches, 74 for strikes.

Closer Steve Cishek relieved got Paul Goldschmidt to ground out as second baseman Derek Dietrich made a backhanded play up the middle. Jason Kubel hit a sacrifice fly that made it 2-1.

"That was a huge play in the hole," Redmond said.

After Eric Chavez followed with a pinch-hit single and Martin Prado walked, Dunn came in and walked Miguel Montero to load the bases. Dunn retired Pollock for his second career save.

"We had a good finish and I thought we were in good shape with A.J. (Pollock) there," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "It just didn't work out."

Wade Miley (3-3) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out six. He is 2-1 with a 0.89 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins.

"I felt good out there," Miley said. "I was making pitches and throwing strikes. Just a couple of bad pitches cost you late in the game, especially in a game like that where it's 0-0. You've got to do better job."

With the game scoreless until the sixth, Adeiny Hechavarria and Dietrich singled and Ozuna hit a double off the left-center field wall near the 386-foot sign. It snapped a scoreless inning streak for the Marlins at 14 after Brandon McCarthy tossed a three-hit shutout on Saturday in a 1-0 victory.

"I thought it was a home run, but it's OK, a double, I'll take it," Ozuna said.

Ozuna, a 22-year-old rookie outfielder, is hitting .295 since being called up on April 30.

After getting nine runs on 16 hits in a series-opening 9-2 victory on Friday, Arizona scored only two runs on 10 hits in the final two games.

"We got beat around a little bit, but we were able to pitch some really nice games the last couple of days," Redmond said.

Notes

  • Arizona pulled off a rare 2-1 putout in eighth when Hechavarria popped up a bunt that bounced off catcher Montero's glove and then corralled by pitcher Josh Collmenter after he bobbled it with his barehand.
  • Nolasco's career high for strikeouts in a game is 16 at Atlanta on Sept. 30, 2009.
  • Arizona continues its road trip at Colorado on Monday as LHP Patrick Corbin (6-1, 1.52 ERA) faces RHP Jon Garland (3-4, 4.89 ERA). Miami will start RHP Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00 ERA) at home against Philadelphia LHP Cole Hamels (1-6, 4.61 ERA).
 
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Ricky Nolasco takes a shutout into the ninth inning and gives the struggling Marlins a huge lift.  (Getty Images)
Ricky Nolasco takes a shutout into the ninth inning and gives the struggling Marlins a huge lift. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Arizona

D. Gregorius
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Miami

R. Nolasco
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 11
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, CF4000031 .320
Didi Gregorius, SS4130000 .354
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4010013 .333
Jason Kubel, LF3001001 .238
Cody Ross, RF2010000 .287
   a- Eric Chavez, PH1010000 .330
    Josh Wilson, PR0000000 .213
Martin Prado, 3B3000102 .237
Miguel Montero, C3000122 .180
Cliff Pennington, 2B3000030 .204
   b- A.J. Pollock, PH1000003 .235
Wade Miley, P1000110 .071
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Hinske, PH1000010 .188
    Josh Collmenter, P0000000 .000
Totals30161311  
a-singled for Ross in the 9th
b-grounded out for Pennington in the 9th
c-struck out for Ziegler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Didi Gregorius (7, Nolasco)
SF - Jason Kubel (1)
RBI - Jason Kubel (10)
CS - Martin Prado (3, 2nd base by Nolasco/Mathis)
Team LOB - 7
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Miley (L,3-3) 6522160 3.67
Brad Ziegler 1000010 2.61
Josh Collmenter 1000010 2.45
WP - Wade Miley (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 99-65, Brad Ziegler 11-9, Josh Collmenter 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 5-7, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Josh Collmenter 1-1
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 24, Brad Ziegler 3, Josh Collmenter 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4110021 .206
Placido Polanco, 3B4000011 .232
Derek Dietrich, 2B4110020 .281
Marcell Ozuna, RF3012000 .299
Justin Ruggiano, CF2000100 .206
Chris Coghlan, LF3010002 .217
Nick Green, 1B3000021 .214
Jeff Mathis, C3010001 .143
Ricky Nolasco, P3000011 .056
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
Totals2925218  
Batting
2B - Marcell Ozuna (6, Miley), Chris Coghlan (5, Miley), Jeff Mathis (1, Miley)
RBI - Marcell Ozuna 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Marcell Ozuna 2 (4)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Coghlan 1
DP - Mathis-Hechavarria
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (W,3-5) 85111110 3.96
Steve Cishek (H,1) 0.2100100 4.91
Mike Dunn (S,1) 0.1000100 1.74
HBP - Ross (by Ricky Nolasco)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 110-74, Steve Cishek 14-6, Mike Dunn 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 5-6, Steve Cishek 1-1, Mike Dunn 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 29, Steve Cishek 4, Mike Dunn 2
Game Information
Attendance - 20206
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Field Culbreth