For the 15th time this season, the Marlins were limited to five hits or fewer in Sunday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks. Unlike most of the previous 14 occasions, they made one of the hits count. Marcell Ozuna’s one-out, two-run double off the left-field wall in the sixth brought home both runs off Wade Miley. The Marlins’ offensive contribution again was meager, but Ricky Nolasco made it stand. He allowed a run over 8-plus innings and struck out 11 as the Marlins won 2-1 and snapped a seven-game losing streak. Not only did the Marlins improve to 6-10 in one-run games, they won for just the third time in 15 games started by a left-handed pitcher. The victory was not without drama. Nolasco came out for the ninth and gave up a leadoff double to Didi Gregorius before yielding to the bullpen. “I really wanted him to finish that game,” manager Mike Redmond said. “He would have thrown a few pitches, but he looked good and he was in complete control. I was a little nervous in the eighth with the lefties coming up, but we felt like he had the best stuff going. We wanted to let him go out and try to finish that game. Unfortunately we didn’t, but we were able to close it down.” The Marlins needed two pitchers to do so. Closer Steve Cishek recorded two outs, including the second on a Jason Kubel sacrifice fly, but a single and a walk put the tying run in scoring position. With lefty Miguel Montero up, Redmond summoned left-hander Mike Dunn. Montero drew a walk to load the bases, but Dunn got pinch-hitter A.J. Pollack to ground a full-count pitch to short for his second career save. “We decided to stick with the fastball and make him beat me on my best pitch,” Dunn said. “We were focusing down and away. The 2-2 pitch missed up and out and then it was just execute. You have to execute the pitch and we got him to roll it over…[Nolasco] deserved the win. It’s huge for the team all around.” The 11 strikeouts were a season-high for Nolasco and the most he’s totaled since May 6, 2011 against the Phillies (11).
Nolasco strikes out 11, Marlins salvage series finale from D'Backs
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | May 19