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Marlins reach 10 hits again in 6-2 win over Astros

Aug 19, 2009 - 3:42 AM By CHRIS DUNCAN AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON(AP) -- Florida reached 10 hits for the 14th consecutive game on Tuesday night. The way Ricky Nolasco pitched, the Marlins hardly needed them all.

The right-hander struck out 10 in his second complete game of the season, leading Florida to a 6-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

"We got the pitching we needed to get," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I'm happier with that than I am with the 10 hits."

Florida's streak of 10-hit games is the longest since the 1937 St. Louis Browns reached the total in 15 straight, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Nolasco allowed only three hits and struck out at least one in seven of nine innings, completing the fifth complete game by a Marlins pitcher this season.

Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu and Jeremy Hermida hit solo homers for the Marlins, who've won nine of 11.

While the Marlins piled up the hits again, Nolasco dominated the Astros, retiring 23 in a row after Carlos Lee's two-run homer in the first inning. Nolasco (9-8) threw 115 pitches, 80 for strikes, bouncing back well after giving up 10 runs on eight hits against the Astros a week ago in Miami.

"Last time against the Astros, he didn't do very good," said Hanley Ramirez, who had three hits and scored a run. "We knew he could do it. The most important thing was he saved our bullpen."

Nolasco didn't change much after the shaky first inning.

"I just made a couple of mistakes there," Nolasco said. "From there on, I just tried to get my pitches out in front and mixed it up."

Lance Berkman doubled off the center-field wall before Lee homered to left on the first pitch he saw. Lee has hit seven home runs with 27 RBIs in his last 28 games.

Ramirez led off the fourth with a single to left and later scored on John Baker's sacrifice fly. Uggla then tied it with a solo homer to right, his 22nd of the season.

Lee drove a 2-1 pitch to the wall in left-center in the Houston fourth, but Cody Ross caught it on the warning track. Nolasco struck out Geoff Blum to end the inning, then fanned Hunter Pence and Chris Coste in the fifth.

"He mixed us up a lot and got a lot of first pitch strikes on us," Michael Bourn said. "He wasn't missing with too many pitches, and when a pitcher is doing that, it's kind of tough to get at him."

The Astros lost for the sixth time in eight games after trading catcher Ivan Rodriguez to Texas earlier in the day.

Rookie Bud Norris (3-1) gave up five runs on nine hits in 5 2-3 innings to lose for the first time in four major-league starts.

Norris had retired five in a row when Cantu homered into the left-field porch. Baker doubled to the gap in left center, prompting a mound visit by Houston pitching coach Dewey Robinson.

Uggla then beat out an infield single and Norris hit Ross with a pitch to load the bases. Hermida singled to right to drive home Baker and one out later, Norris walked Chris Coghlan to make it 5-2.

Hermida homered to right center off Sammy Gervacio in the eighth, Florida's 10th hit.

"It was pretty cool, how it kind of worked out in dramatic fashion, that it (the 10th hit) was a home run," Baker said. "That was pretty exciting."

Nolasco struck out Jason Michaels leading off the Astros' ninth. Bourn beat out a bouncer in front of the plate to snap Nolasco's streak of outs. Nolasco retired Miguel Tejada and Berkman on flyouts to end it.

NOTES: Marlins 1B Nick Johnson was out of the starting lineup to rest a sore right hamstring. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he was just playing it safe after Johnson left the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against Colorado. "He's day-to-day," Gonzalez said. "We're just going to take it easy with him." ... The Astros placed LHP Mike Hampton on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain and recalled RHP Felipe Paulino from Triple-A Round Rock. The move is retroactive to Aug. 14, the day after Hampton left his start against Florida with the injury. Yorman Bazardo (0-0) will take Hampton's place in the rotation this week and start Wednesday's game.






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    Marlins 6, Astros 2  FinalAug 19 3:59 AM


  • ** CONFIRMED **
    NL
    FLORIDA 6
    HOUSTON 2 FINAL

    Aug 18 10:37 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JEREMY HERMIDA (12) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF SAMMY GERVACIO.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 6, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: R NOLASCO (.176, 0-FOR-2, SAC)

    Marlins 6, Astros 2  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 18 10:10 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CHRIS COGHLAN SCORED DAN UGGLA
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C COGHLAN ON FIRST, J HERMIDA ON SECOND, C
    ROSS ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 5
    HOUSTON 2 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: R GLOAD (.266, 0-FOR-3)

    Marlins 5, Astros 2  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 18 9:36 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEREMY HERMIDA SCORED JOHN BAKER
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J HERMIDA ON FIRST, C ROSS ON SECOND, D
    UGGLA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 4
    HOUSTON 2 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: R NOLASCO (.182, 0-FOR-1, SAC)

    Marlins 4, Astros 2  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 18 9:32 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JORGE CANTU (13) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF BUD NORRIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J BAKER (.280, 0-FOR-1, SF, RBI)

    Marlins 3, Astros 2  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 18 9:23 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAN UGGLA (22) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF BUD NORRIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 2, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C ROSS (.270, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins 2, Astros 2  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 18 8:56 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JOHN BAKER SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    HOUSTON 2 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: D UGGLA (.239, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins 1, Astros 2  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 18 8:55 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS LEE (20) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 1ST OFF RICKY NOLASCO SCORED LANCE BERKMAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: G BLUM (.269, 9 HR, 44 RBI)

    Marlins 0, Astros 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 18 8:21 PM