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Marlins 6, Braves 3

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ATLANTA -- Ricky Nolasco is trying to block out speculation he might soon be traded.

The right-hander's focus served him well against an Atlanta team that has given him the most trouble in his career.

Nolasco tossed seven strong innings, Justin Ruggiano hit a three-run homer and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 6-3 on Wednesday night.

Nolasco managed a laugh when asked if it has become easier to deal with the possibility he could be traded from Miami, perhaps before he can make another start.

"Easier?" he asked, apparently surprised by the question.

"It is what it is," Nolasco said. "It's been going on for a while. I'm not believing anything, I'm trying not to read anything until something actually happens or if it happens.

"I'm just trying to block it out as much as I can, going out there and just trying to go every fifth day and eat up as many innings as I can and give us a chance to win. Whatever happens, happens is my mindset on it. I think that's been helping me out."

Nolasco (5-8) allowed only two runs on six hits. He had no walks with seven strikeouts, giving him 1,001 for his career. The 1,000th strikeout came against Brian McCann to end the sixth with a runner on third. McCann hit a home run -- the eighth of his career off Nolasco -- in the fourth.

"It's kind of funny the 1,000th K would be against the guy that has given me the most problems throughout my whole career, so at least I can say that," Nolasco said.

Nolasco had one of the biggest at-bats of the game, a two-out walk in the fifth that set up Ruggiano's homer.

"Two-out walk to the pitcher," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "If it's not in the rule book, it should be written in the rule book."

The Braves led 2-0 before Ruggiano's home run off Mike Minor (8-4) in the fifth. Miami added a run in the sixth when Placido Polanco singled and scored on Adeiny Hechavarria's double. Jeff Mathis added a two-run double in the eighth.

There was steady rain but no delay in the game. Minor said the wet balls were a factor in his key walk to Nolasco.

"I was trying to throw the ball right down the middle and I walked him," Minor said.

"It was some of the balls I was getting back. I really didn't complain about it because both pitchers are pitching in it. No matter what ball I got back, it was still wet from being on the side."

After Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless eighth, Mike Dunn gave up singles to Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla in the ninth. Closer Steve Cishek struck out B.J. Upton before giving up a run-scoring single to Chris Johnson. Cishek earned his 16th save when Tyler Pastornicky hit a grounder to the mound to end the game.

The Marlins got their first victory in five games against the Braves this season and ended an eight-game losing streak in the NL East rivalry, dating to Sept. 19, 2012.

Nolasco improved to 6-10 in his career against Atlanta. He holds the Marlins' franchise record with 81 career victories.

"He made his pitches," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "It was fun to watch him. I know it wasn't easy, but he battled. That pretty much sums up Ricky."

Minor couldn't overcome a key walk.

Donovan Solano led off Miami's fifth with a double to right field before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Minor struck out Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis before walking Nolasco. Ruggiano's homer to left field gave the Marlins a 3-2 lead.

B.J. Upton led off the third with an infield single and scored on Andrelton Simmons' single to right. Brian McCann pushed the lead to 2-0 by using a golf swing to line a low pitch from Nolasco over the right-field wall with one out in the fourth.

Minor gave up four runs on six hits and three walks in six innings. He has only one victory in six starts since posting a 4-0 record and 1.98 ERA in May.

Each of Ruggiano's 12 home runs has come on the road. According to STATS and the SABR Home Run Log, that is tied for the seventh-most consecutive road homers to open a season. The record is 17 by Washington's Goose Goslin in 1926. The Dodgers' James Loney also hit his first 12 home runs on the road in 2009.

Notes

Redmond said 1B Logan Morrison was given a rest because his back was stiff following a collision at first base with Kris Medlen on Tuesday night. ... Braves OF Jordan Schafer hit a groundout to second base as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. He said he can jog but not run on his sore right ankle after fouling a ball off the ankle on June 26. He was limping after a pinch-hit single on Tuesday night. ... Upton said he had no lingering symptoms after leaving Tuesday night's game with left forearm spasms. ... There is a forecast for more rain Thursday night when RHP Henderson Alvarez is scheduled to come off the disabled list and make his 2013 debut against Atlanta's Julio Teheran. Alvarez has been recovering from right shoulder inflammation.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Johnson
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Miami

J. Ruggiano
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Justin Ruggiano, LF4123110 .233
Ed Lucas, 1B5020013 .295
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4000122 .258
Marcell Ozuna, CF5000023 .286
Placido Polanco, 3B5110012 .242
Donovan Solano, 2B3210001 .277
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4121011 .223
Jeff Mathis, C3012121 .162
Ricky Nolasco, P2100122 .100
    Greg Dobbs, PH1000001 .229
Totals36696412  
a-flied out for Nolasco in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Ruggiano (9, Minor), Donovan Solano (3, Minor), Adeiny Hechavarria (5, Minor), Jeff Mathis (5, Gearrin)
HR - Justin Ruggiano (12, Minor)
RBI - Justin Ruggiano 3 (31), Adeiny Hechavarria (21), Jeff Mathis 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Ruggiano 3 (12), Adeiny Hechavarria (13)
SB - Justin Ruggiano (9, 3rd base off Minor/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Solano-Hechavarria-Lucas
E - Jeff Mathis (1, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (W,5-8) 7622071 3.85
Chad Qualls 1100000 3.34
Mike Dunn 0.1211010 2.97
Steve Cishek (S,16) 0.2100010 3.06
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 96-62, Chad Qualls 9-6, Mike Dunn 7-5, Steve Cishek 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 9-5, Chad Qualls 2-0, Steve Cishek 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 27, Chad Qualls 3, Mike Dunn 3, Steve Cishek 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrelton Simmons, SS4021000 .245
Jason Heyward, RF4010001 .227
Justin Upton, LF4000003 .248
Freddie Freeman, 1B4120010 .313
Brian McCann, C4111022 .262
Dan Uggla, 2B4010010 .202
B.J. Upton, CF4110022 .177
Chris Johnson, 3B4021021 .333
Mike Minor, P1000010 .094
    Jordan Schafer, PH1000001 .312
    Tyler Pastornicky, PH1000002 .250
Totals35310309  
a-grounded out for Carpenter in the 7th
b-grounded out for Varvaro in the 9th
Batting
HR - Brian McCann (10, Nolasco)
SH - Mike Minor (6)
RBI - Andrelton Simmons (26), Brian McCann (27), Chris Johnson (26)
2-OUT RBI - Andrelton Simmons (5), Chris Johnson (17)
Team LOB - 6
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Minor (L,8-4) 6644391 3.15
David Carpenter 1100020 1.74
Cory Gearrin 1222100 3.77
Anthony Varvaro 1000010 2.88
IBB - Mathis by Mike Minor
WP - Mike Minor (3), Cory Gearrin (3)
HBP - Solano (by Cory Gearrin)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 107-71, David Carpenter 15-10, Cory Gearrin 16-10, Anthony Varvaro 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 2-7, Cory Gearrin 2-1, Anthony Varvaro 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 27, David Carpenter 4, Cory Gearrin 7, Anthony Varvaro 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26129
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez