Marlins 2, Diamondbacks 1

Ricky Nolasco followed his worst outing of the season with his

best.

It resulted in a rare win for the Miami Marlins.

Nolasco struck out 11 and the Marlins stopped a season-high

seven-game losing streak, holding off the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1

Sunday.

”We’ve been playing close games, but it doesn’t matter if you

lose 10-0 or 2-1, you don’t want to lose so it was good to snap

that and try to get on a roll here,” Nolasco said.

The Diamondbacks scored once in the ninth. Mike Dunn, the

Marlins’ third pitcher of the inning, got pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock

to ground out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to end it.

”Bend, but don’t break, that’s all that matters,” Nolasco

said.

Marcell Ozuna broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the

sixth.

Didi Gregorius had three hits for Arizona, which had won four in

a row.

”Early in the game we had a few chances, but we couldn’t get

the big hit when we needed it and (Nolasco) got stronger,”

Gregorius said.

Nolasco (3-5) was coming off an outing in which he allowed six

runs in five innings in a loss to Cincinnati on Tuesday.

”Ricky was great,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. ”Coming

off a shaky last start, but that’s Ricky. Ricky’s been solid all

year and I really wanted him to finish that game. He looked good

and was in complete control.”

But the Marlins’ all-time wins leader bounced back with his

best, earning his 79th career victory. He gave up one run and five

hits in eight-plus innings.

”I felt good, good command of all my pitches,” Nolasco said.

”The curve ball was really good so that really helped a lot. I was

able to spin it pretty much whenever I wanted to.”

After hitting Cody Ross with a pitch in the fourth, Nolasco

retired the next 14 batters, striking out the side in the fifth and

again in the eighth.

Gregorius led off the ninth with a double, finishing Nolasco’s

day after 110 pitches, 74 for strikes.

Closer Steve Cishek relieved got Paul Goldschmidt to ground out

as second baseman Derek Dietrich made a backhanded play up the

middle. Jason Kubel hit a sacrifice fly that made it 2-1.

”That was a huge play in the hole,” Redmond said.

After Eric Chavez followed with a pinch-hit single and Martin

Prado walked, Dunn came in and walked Miguel Montero to load the

bases. Dunn retired Pollock for his second career save.

”We had a good finish and I thought we were in good shape with

A.J. (Pollock) there,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. ”It

just didn’t work out.”

Wade Miley (3-3) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings

while striking out six. He is 2-1 with a 0.89 ERA in three career

starts against the Marlins.

”I felt good out there,” Miley said. ”I was making pitches

and throwing strikes. Just a couple of bad pitches cost you late in

the game, especially in a game like that where it’s 0-0. You’ve got

to do better job.”

With the game scoreless until the sixth, Adeiny Hechavarria and

Dietrich singled and Ozuna hit a double off the left-center field

wall near the 386-foot sign. It snapped a scoreless inning streak

for the Marlins at 14 after Brandon McCarthy tossed a three-hit

shutout on Saturday in a 1-0 win.

”I thought it was a home run, but it’s OK, a double, I’ll take

it,” Ozuna said.

Ozuna, a 22-year-old rookie outfielder, is hitting .295 since

being called up on April 30.

After getting nine runs on 16 hits in a series-opening 9-2 win

on Friday, Arizona scored just two runs on 10 hits in the final two

games.

”We got beat around a little bit, but we were able to pitch

some really nice games the last couple of days,” Redmond said.

NOTES: Arizona pulled off a rare 2-1 putout in eighth when

Hechavarria popped up a bunt that bounced off catcher Montero’s

glove and then corralled by pitcher Josh Collmenter after he

bobbled it with his barehand. … Nolasco’s career high for

strikeouts in a game is 16 at Atlanta on Sept. 30, 2009. …

Arizona continues its road trip at Colorado on Monday as LHP

Patrick Corbin (6-1, 1.52 ERA) faces RHP Jon Garland (3-4, 4.89

ERA). Miami will start RHP Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00 ERA) at home

against Philadelphia LHP Cole Hamels (1-6, 4.61 ERA).