Nolasco gets late support, ties Marlins' wins mark

Nolasco gets late support, ties Marlins' wins mark

Nolasco gets late support, ties Marlins' wins mark
SAN DIEGO -- Making his 170th career appearance, Ricky Nolasco placed his name in Marlins history.

Nolasco gave up two runs in seven innings, and he scored a run in the Marlins' 6-3 win over the Padres on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park. Now 4-0 on the season, Nolasco also won his 68th career game, matching Dontrelle Willis for the most in team history.

Behind Nolasco's impressive outing, and Edward Mujica's second save, the Marlins stretched their winning streak to six straight.

"I do feel proud about that," Nolasco said. "I don't talk about that, but it's good to look back at that. There have been a lot of good arms who have come through here. It's a good feeling. But right now, we're trying to turn this thing around, and six in a row is what we need. We hope to carry this over to Houston.

Nolasco broke in with the Marlins in 2006, and his record is now 68-51.

"I'm just grateful for the opportunity the team has given me, being here this long," the right-hander said. "It means a lot knowing I'm here helping this organization and this team win as many games as possible. Hopefully we can get this next one."

After a sluggish start, Miami is back to .500 at 14-14.

Nolasco scattered five hits and struck out three, increasing his franchise strikeout record to 807.

Manager Ozzie Guillen, knowing the high turnover and comparatively young age of the franchise, joked that setting the wins mark wasn't that big.

"That's not that tough. What's that, 21 wins?" Guillen said laughing.

Guillen did heap praise on Nolasco's longevity.

"He leads the franchise in strikeouts, too," the manager said. "That's something you have to be proud. Being No. 1 in any organization, that's something to be proud."

A Southern California native, Nolasco improved to 9-2 while pitching in his home state, and he's 4-1 at Petco Park.

The right-hander purchased about 40 tickets for family members and friends, and about another 50 purchased tickets for the game.

"There are just so many people coming out," Nolasco said. "It's hard to spend time with everybody as much as they would like. But my family and friends do a really good job of understanding that it's tough. I'm at peace, I guess. I try to make them look good, because I know they're being rowdy and talking a lot of trash."

The Marlins snapped a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning, scoring four runs (three earned) off Andrew Cashner, who was humming in pitches clocked at more than 100 mph. With the bases full and two outs, Giancarlo Stanton drew a walk in an eight-pitch showdown. All eight pitches were at least 101 mph.

With the count full, Stanton took a 101-mph pitch that was above his head.

"It was a good at-bat," Cashner said. "I was one pitch away from getting out of it and couldn't make the pitch. I was going at him with my best stuff, and he's one of the best young guys in the game right now. If I'm going to get beat, I want to get beat with my fastball."

Jose Reyes, who singled to open the inning, scored the go-ahead run. Emilio Bonifacio, who reached on a bunt single, then scored on catcher John Baker's passed ball.

Gaby Sanchez added an RBI single, and Stanton scored the fourth run of the inning on Baker's second passed ball.

For the second time this series, a Padres pitcher delivered a key extra-base hit.

Joe Wieland's two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning gave the Padres the lead. Cameron Maybin singled with one out and stole second. With two outs and Maybin on third, Andy Parrino was intentionally walked to get to the San Diego pitcher, who followed with his drive to right.

On Friday night, Anthony Bass had a three-run triple off Josh Johnson.

Until the fifth, the only baserunner Nolasco allowed was a two-out single to Chase Headley in the fourth.

The Marlins scratched back with two runs in the sixth off Wieland, who didn't make it through the inning.

This time, it was Nolasco who helped out the offense. The Miami right-hander walked to open the inning. He moved to second on Reyes' single to right. Hanley Ramirez's fielder's choice scored Nolasco.

Logan Morrison's two-out triple scored Ramirez, tied the game and led to Wieland being relieved by Brad Brach.

A game-changing play came in the seventh when Stanton made a sprawling catch to rob Blake Tekotte of extra bases.

With Baker on first and two outs, Tekotte laced a hot liner to right field. Stanton raced and reached, making a run-saving grab as he fell to the ground.

Off the bat, Stanton thought the play could be trouble.

"It was more of an 'uh, oh,' especially the way balls have been this series," Stanton said. "I saw a lot of topspin. I just ran to a spot I thought it was going to be and got it."

Nolasco called the catch the play of the game, because it kept him in line for the win.

"It was in a big situation," Stanton said. "He probably would have scored. It's good to keep that a tie ballgame and bring that into the next inning. We got to Cashner."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.