Marlins rally past Nats, 4-2
TIM REYNOLDS | 6/30/2009, 8:01 a.m.
MIAMI (AP) -- Ricky Nolasco retired the final 13 batters he faced, Emilio Bonifacio drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth and the Florida Marlins stayed perfect against the Washington Nationals with a 3-2 victory Monday night.
Hanley Ramirez had three hits and an RBI for Florida, which snapped a three-game slide and is 7-0 against Washington this season. Nolasco (5-6) won his third straight start, going eight innings and yielding four hits and two runs with eight strikeouts.
Josh Willingham had two hits and Ryan Zimmerman hit his 13th homer for Washington, which wasted a stellar effort from left-hander Scott Olsen in his return from the disabled list.
Pinch-hitter Wes Helms hit a leadoff double just inside the first-base bag off Ron Villone (3-5) in the eighth. After a sacrifice by Chris Coghlan, Bonifacio's fly ball to center scored pinch-runner Alejandro De Aza without a throw.
The Marlins scored an insurance run later in the eighth, when Cody Ross drew a bases-loaded walk from Julian Tavarez.
Leo Nunez got the final out for his third save in six chances, coming in after Dan Meyer gave up two singles. With runners on first and third, Nunez got Willingham to fly to center, ending the game.
Making his first start since May 16 because of left shoulder tendinitis, Olsen allowed six hits and two runs in seven innings, striking out seven and throwing 66 of his 94 pitches for strikes.
In the third inning, Olsen yielded four hits and two runs within a five-batter span. After that stretch, he retired 12 consecutive Marlins, six by strikeout.
For as good as Olsen was, Nolasco was even better.
He, too, had one rough early inning, allowing two runs and three hits in the second. But Nolasco was nearly unhittable from there, ending his 106-pitch night by striking out leadoff batter Willie Harris for the third time.
Neither starter allowed a walk.
Down 2-0 early, the Marlins tied it in the third on RBI hits by Coghlan and Ramirez, who drove in a run for the eighth straight game. Olsen yielded two extra-base hits in the inning and both batters eventually scored: Brett Carroll led off with a double, and Bonifacio hit a stand-up triple off the wall in left-center.
Zimmerman hit a first-pitch homer to lead off the second, and Willingham scored when Wil Nieves' infield chopper evaded Nolasco and second baseman Dan Uggla.
NOTES: The start was pushed back 37 minutes by rain, the ninth home delay for Florida this season. ... Washington has lost nine consecutive series in Miami ... Olsen had a 94-pitch, 66-strike effort in his last outing against Philadelphia on May 16.