Basically, the Miami Marlins needed a win Saturday and if the stars aligned, they would get it. Luckily for the Marlins, there was something in the air Saturday night as the Fish got a good-enough start from Ricky Nolasco and enough run support to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 in the second game of a three-game series.
Nolasco was not particularly brilliant in the game. He pitched five innings and allowed two runs on nine hits. Nolasco struck out one batter and walked one batter. The Marlins bullpen came in handy during the night to hold down the Dodger offense. The ‘pen would only allow one run on two hits for the rest of the night after Nolasco’s exit.
Although Nolasco’s start was not the greatest, there was a sleeping giant woken up at Marlins Park.
Doubles from Nick Green and John Buck were highlights of a long fifth inning for Dodgers’ starter Joe Blanton. It was capped off by RBIs from Gorkys Hernandez and Justin Ruggiano. The Marlins scored a total of four runs and never looked back.
In the eighth, Carlos Lee brought two runs in to score to highlight a three-run inning to seal the deal.
The lone three runs from the Dodgers came from Shane Victorino, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.
Nolasco’s ninth win of the season abruptly ends a five-game slide in which he recorded a 7.16 ERA. It is the first time since the All-Star break that Nolasco has given up fewer than four runs.
The rubber game of the three game series will see Wade LeBlanc (1-1, 1.50 ERA) take on Chris Capuano (10-8, 3.29 ERA).
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