Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Ricky Nolasco tossed his sixth career complete game and Logan Morrison had three hits, including a bases-loaded triple, in Florida’s 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros.
Nolasco (6-5) scattered seven hits, walked a batter and piled up eight strikeouts to win for just the second time in his last nine starts. He’s 5-1 lifetime against the Astros.
Hanley Ramirez drove in two runs and John Buck homered for the Marlins, who won their fourth straight game to tie a season-best. They’re 8-3 in their last 11 contests, directly after enduing a 3-23 stretch, which led to the resignation of manager Edwin Rodriguez. Now, 80-year-old manager Jack McKeon has watched his team catch the winning feeling again.
Brett Myers (3-9) continued his struggles. The Houston starter was lifted after surrendering four hits and six runs — five earned — over 4 1/3 innings. He also walked four batters, including one to Ramirez with the bases loaded in the fifth inning just prior to Morrison’s triple.
Chris Johnson had two of Houston’s hits, but the Astros lost for the eighth time in nine games.