PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ricky Nolasco's only mistake was a mistimed
Nolasco (9-6) allowed only an infield single off his glove to
light-hitting Abraham Nunez and walked five in 7 1/3 innings. The
right-hander struck out three and hit one batter. Nolasco leaped to
field Nunez's one-hopper, but the ball deflected off the rookie's
glove and rolled slowly toward second base.
A dejected Nolasco immediately crouched down and put his hands
on his head, but he retired pitcher Brett Myers on a grounder to
shortstop to end the inning. Nunez, who came in hitting .150,
started for injured shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
"It was a play where the natural reaction is to jump up,"
Nolasco said. "I probably should've caught that ball."
Nolasco would've been better off letting second baseman Dan Uggla try to field the ball.
"If I leave it alone, it's a tough play," Nolasco said.
Even if he retired Nunez, Nolasco may not have had a chance to
finish the game because of his pitch count.
"I don't know if I would have let him go back out there,"
Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "A guy's future is more
important than one game."
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley singled off reliever Tyler
Tankersley in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 28
games, the longest in the major leagues this season.
After the game, Philadelphia traded third baseman David Bell to
the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Wilfrido Laureano.
The disappointing Phillies (46-54) are expected to make more moves
before Monday's trade deadline.
Myers (6-5) was outstanding in his third start since returning
from a leave of absence that followed his arrest for domestic
violence in Boston last month.
The right-hander gave up one run and five hits, striking out
eight in eight innings.
"He pitched better than I did," Myers said. "He was Cy Young
Nolasco left after David Dellucci grounded out to first base
leading off the bottom of the eighth.
The left-handed Tankersley entered to face Utley, who lined a
single to extend his streak. But Tankersley got the next two outs,
picking off Bobby Abreu at first base to end the eighth. Logan
Kensing pitched the ninth and allowed Ryan Howard's 33rd homer of
Nolasco seemingly worked out of the stretch most of the night,
but the Phillies only once had two runners on against him. Nolasco
retired Aaron Rowand on a grounder to third base to strand both
runners in the sixth inning.
"He was outstanding," Girardi said. "One of the keys is that
was one of the best changeups he had all year."
The 23-year-old Nolasco has won three straight starts, allowing
just one earned run over 21 2/3 innings during that span. He
extended his scoreless streak to 17 2/3 innings.
Nolasco came to Florida in the trade that sent center fielder
Juan Pierre to the Chicago Cubs last December. He was 14-3 with a
2.89 ERA at Double-A West Tennessee last season and joined the
Marlins' rotation in May.
Mike Jacobs gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead in the seventh with an
RBI double to left-center that followed Miguel Cabrera's double to
center. Jeremy Hermida had an RBI single off reliever Aaron Fultz
with two outs in the ninth and Miguel Olivo added a two-run single
one batter later.
Alfredo Amezaga grounded a single to right field leading off the
fourth inning for the first hit of the game.
A.J. Burnett pitched the last no-hitter for the Marlins at
San Diego on May 12, 2001. ... Al Leiter (1996) and Kevin Brown
(1997) are the only other Marlins pitchers to throw no-hitters. ...
Rollins was out of the lineup for the second straight game with a
strained right hamstring. ... Dellucci made two excellent plays in