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Nolasco pitches Marlins to 5-2 win

August 25, 2008|From the Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Ricky Nolasco has been nearly untouchable lately, and he's not talking about it.

"I don't say anything," the Florida pitcher said after a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. "I let my actions speak."

Nolasco (13-7) gave up three hits and struck out 10 over 7 1/3 innings, and Josh Willingham went three for four with a home run and two runs batted in to help the Marlins take two of three from the National League West leaders.

Florida moved within five games of the first-place New York Mets in the NL East.

"That's what we shoot for -- two out of three and move on to the next one," Manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The Marlins won seven of nine games against the Diamondbacks this season.

"Good riddance to them," Arizona Manager Bob Melvin said jokingly. "They've been tough on us all year."

Nolasco, who hit a run-scoring double, did not walk a batter five days after throwing a two-hit shutout in San Francisco. Over his last four starts, he has struck out 43 and walked only three.

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