Nolasco keeps up Marlins' rookie success against Bucs

MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Marlins got another impressive
performance from a young pitcher.

Rookie Ricky Nolasco allowed four hits in 7 1/3 innings and
struck out seven, leading the Marlins over the Pittsburgh Pirates
5-0 on Saturday.

Nolasco (8-6) walked two and matched his career high in
strikeouts. He also fanned seven on June 3 at Colorado.

Nolasco joins fellow rookies Josh Johnson (8-5) and Scott Olsen
(8-4) with eight wins. The last team to have three rookies each
record eight-plus wins was the 2003 Arizona Diamondbacks: Oscar
Villareal (10-7), Brandon Webb (10-9), and Stephen Randolph (8-1).

"I wanted to be aggressive and throw first-pitch strikes and
put pressure on their hitters," Nolasco said. "It's all about
confidence and working through things, not getting too high or too
low, and that's what I've been doing."

With one out in the eighth, Nolasco walked pinch-hitter Joe Randa. Taylor Tankersley relieved Nolasco and retired the next two
hitters before Chris Resop worked the ninth to finish the

"Ricky was outstanding," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said.
"He was attacking the zone and getting his breaking ball over. He
did everything well tonight."

Kip Wells (0-5) gave up 10 hits and three runs while walking
three and striking out two in 5 2/3 innings. He has lost 18 of his
last 21 decisions.

The 29-year-old Wells missed the start of the season with a
blocked artery in his right arm. He made his first start on June 20
at Kansas City. His last win was on October 1, 2005, against

"I got into some trouble and gave up a fair amount of hits, but
I was able to stay out of a big inning," Wells said. "For me, it
was a tough game to pitch. I battled the heat and was pretty much
wet all night. They got a couple of runs that were hard to

The Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Alfredo Amezaga
singled with one out and moved to third on a groundout.

Mike Jacobs then hit a fly to right-center. Right fielder Nate McLouth initially seemed to wave off center fielder Jose Bautista,
but then stopped. Bautista lunged for the ball but it fell in for a
triple that scored Amezaga. Jacobs scored on Jeremy Hermida's

"I called off my right fielder and then when I saw he wasn't
coming, I froze," Bautista said. "I took my eye off the ball."

Florida increased its lead to 3-0 in the fifth. Miguel Cabrera
singled to open the inning and went to third on Jacobs' single. He
scored on Cody Ross' sacrifice fly to right field.

"Our pitching is keeping us in this thing now," Jacobs said.
"We're jumping out in front early and that's making our pitching

A two-out double by Pittsburgh's Sean Casey and a walk to
Bautista put runners on first and second in the fourth, but Nolasco
struck out Jose Castillo to end the threat.

The Marlins had runners on first and second with two outs in the
bottom of the eighth. Cabrera hit a flyball to center field and
Bautista tried to make a one-handed catch but dropped the ball,
allowing both runs to score to make the score 5-0.

"Kip pitched extremely well tonight and did a very fine job,"
Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "Offensively, we haven't done a
whole lot over the course of the last couple games. Defensively, we
hurt ourselves, which directly contributed to four of their five

Game Notes
Cabrera has hit safely in five straight games after being
in a 2-for-29 slump. ... Nolasco had his first multihit game. ...
Pittsburgh starters had gone at least six innings in three
consecutive games.