MIAMI (AP) -- Ricky Nolasco's first home run since high school
fell short of being his personal highlight Monday night.
Nolasco pitched seven strong innings and hit his first career
home run to help Florida beat the Chicago Cubs 9-1, snapping the
Marlins' season-high seven-game losing streak.
"Definitely, the pitching part of the game is what's most
important," Nolasco said. "My main job is to go out there and
keep my team in the ballgame."
Ramirez had three hits, three runs and reached base five times.
Nolasco had two hits and scored twice.
Nolasco (3-1) gave up one run and four hits in the longest
outing of his career. The former reliever was making his second
career start. He pitched 3 2-3 innings on May 17 at Atlanta in his
"He worked fast and got quick outs," Marlins manager Joe
Girardi said. "When you do that, a lot of times you hit better (as
Sean Marshall (3-2) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 3 1-3
innings, his shortest outing of the season. He walked four, struck
out two and hit two batters.
"I left some balls up and they did a good job and had a good
approach," Marshall said.
Aramis Ramirez hit his ninth home run in the seventh for the
Cubs, who lost for the fourth time in five games.
"You come off a big win against the White Sox, and you know the
energy (playing before 9,462 fans) is not there," Cubs center
fielder Juan Pierre said. "But as professionals you have to find a
way to win the game."
Nolasco sent Marshall's first pitch of the fourth inning 341
feet down the left-field line and into the second level to build a
5-0 lead. It was Nolasco's first career hit and the first home run
by a Marlins pitcher since Dontrelle Willis' at Houston on Sept 12,
"I thought it might be a little too high, but after I heard the
crowd, I knew it was gone," Nolasco said. "I probably had goose
bumps rounding the bases, but I don't remember."
Aguila added a two-out, two-run double in the fourth to open a
The Marlins went ahead 9-0 in the fifth thanks to Nolasco's
run-scoring single and Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly.
Nolasco had been 0-for-3 in his career before getting the two
hits on Monday.
Florida took a 4-0 lead with a three-run second.
Hanley Ramirez lined a two-run single to left. He then stole
second and scored on Dan Uggla's ground-rule double to right-center
Ramirez, who did not start the previous five games because of a
strained left shoulder, scored the game's first run when Cabrera
hit into a double-play in the first.
Florida acquired Nolasco from Chicago in the Dec. 7 trade that
sent Pierre to the Cubs.
Marshall and Nolasco were teammates at Chicago's West Tenn
Double-A affiliate. ... The Marlins activated OF Jeremy Hermida
from the 15-day disabled list and optioned IF Robert Andino to
Triple-A Albuquerque. Hermida singled as a pinch-hitter in the
sixth and remained in the game in right. ... Pierre received a nice
ovation after doubling in the sixth.