Nolasco, Marlins unable to rein in Red Sox

Nolasco, Marlins unable to rein in Red Sox

Nolasco, Marlins unable to rein in Red Sox
BOSTON -- The Marlins' offense has resurfaced at Fenway Park, but the pitching staff has taken a nosedive.

Miami lost to the Red Sox, 15-5, on Wednesday night. The club has dropped three games in a row and 12 of its last 14 overall.

After struggling to score runs in a three-game series vs. the Rays to open a six-game road trip, the Marlins again squandered a productive night at the plate with poor starting pitching and little relief from the bullpen.

"This is the kind of game that gets you down and you try to wonder what's going on," Miami manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I always worry about starting pitchers, and the starting pitchers aren't doing their job lately. We've been pitching well all year long -- right now we aren't. When the starting pitcher doesn't give you what you want then you can get in a lot of trouble."

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Staked to an early 2-0 advantage, Ricky Nolasco was hit hard by the Red Sox. The right-hander allowed a season-high nine runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"I fell behind in the count a lot and there's not much you can do when you're behind in the count, tough to give in to them," said Nolasco, who had his shortest outing since lasting two innings vs. the Brewers on Sept. 25, 2011.

Reliever Chris Hatcher didn't fare much better. He served up a grand slam to David Ortiz, the second batter he faced. Two batters later, Jarrod Saltalamacchia took the right-hander deep to center field to give Boston a 12-4 lead.

For the second time in this series, the Marlins scored early runs to no avail. On Tuesday, Mark Buehrle couldn't hold on to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

"Now that the last two games we've been swinging the bats we haven't been able to pitch," said Nolasco, who has lost three outings in a row and is 2-8 in his last 10 Interleague starts. "That's just the way the game is and it's frustrating. It's not going well for us right now, but hopefully we can keep swinging the bats and turn it around tomorrow."

Jose Reyes singled to lead off the game and later scored. Justin Ruggiano doubled to open the second inning and scored on an RBI groundout from Gaby Sanchez.

But as they did on Tuesday night, the Red Sox had an answer to everything the Marlins did.

Nolasco gave up a three-run homer to Mike Aviles in the second. The shortstop crushed the first pitch he saw over the Green Monster.

Cody Ross burned his former team for the second time in as many nights with a three-run double in the third. Nolasco intentionally walked Ortiz to load the bases, but Ross cleared them with a double off the Monster to give the Sox a 6-2 lead.

"Ozzie's my boy, and [Miami bench coach Joey] Cora, too. When I stepped into the box I was expecting them to intentionally walk me and then Cora, he kind of gives me a sign like we're going to pitch to you," Ortiz said. "And the guy throws me the first two pitches for [balls] and then they intentionally walk me and I just give him a look like, 'From the beginning we should have just saved some time.'"

Logan Morrison homered to lead off the fourth and keep Miami in the game. He turned on a 1-0 pitch and belted it off the foul pole in right for his second homer at Fenway Park in two career games.

"We've got a third game [here] and hopefully I come out and swing that bat well again, drive in some more runs and help us win," Morrison said.

But the Red Sox roared back with six runs in their half of the frame to put the game out of reach.

The Marlins fell to 4-13 in June after setting a club record with 21 wins in May.

"We just need to find a way to win," Morrison said. "We've got to find a way to come out of it and just get one. I feel like for the most part the team is staying together and it will turn into wins one day."

Aside from poor pitching, Miami has broken out of a prolonged slump with 10 runs in two games and 12 hits on Wednesday.

"At least we did something a little bit better than what we weren't doing -- hitting," Guillen said. "It's a positive scenario for us if you want to put it that way. But to me pitching is more important than anything and right now we're struggling."

Omar Infante ended a 1-for-15 slump with a double and two singles.

"Good for him, we need that, we need Omar to get hot," Guillen said. "He's struggled a lot the last two weeks. He's swinging the bat better."

Red Sox starter Felix Doubront scattered nine hits over six innings, allowing four runs. He struck out four against no walks to win his second start in a row, both against the Marlins.

John Buck homered over the Green Monster to lead off the seventh inning. The catcher cramped in the ninth inning and Greg Dobbs pinch-hit for him. Buck is expected to be in the lineup on Thursday.

"He's going to catch tomorrow," Guillen said. "No matter what, he would have caught anyway."

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.