Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Ricky Nolasco held the potent Philadelphia offense to just one run as he threw his fourth complete game of his career to help Florida take a 5-1 win in the second of a three-game set.
Nolasco (1-0) gave up five hits, walked three and struck out four as he threw 109 pitches to help Florida win for the third time in the last four games. Ronny Paulino hit a three-run homer, while Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla each chipped in with an RBI single.
“The big key tonight was the first inning,” said Nolasco. “After that, I can just attack these guys and they can’t just go up there and swing at first pitches cause they need baserunners. I just tried to take advantage and get ahead.”
Jayson Werth’s home run spoiled Nolasco’s shutout bid with two outs in the ninth, while Jamie Moyer (1-1) was tagged for five runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over six innings for the Phillies, who had won six of seven coming in.
“They got a hold of some decent pitches to hit,” said Moyer. “That’s how baseball goes sometimes. “I never got ahead in the count and that gave them the advantage. You have to make pitches and I didn’t tonight.”
Florida got all the runs it needed off of Moyer in the first inning. With one out, Cameron Maybin singled and Hanley Ramirez walked. Back-to-back RBI singles from Cantu and Uggla was followed by Paulino blasting a 1-2 pitch into the seats in left field for a 5-0 lead.
Nolasco retired the first 11 batters he faced before Chase Utley punched a single to center with two outs in the fourth.
Werth led off the fifth with a walk, but Raul Ibanez grounded into a double play and Juan Castro flied out to end the frame.
The Phils loaded the bases in the sixth, but it was with two outs and Ryan Howard grounded out to end the frame.
Werth deposited a pitch over the left field wall in the ninth to break the shutout bid.
Philadelphia came into the game leading the league in several offensive categories, including runs, and saw its streak of at least 10 hits a game end at seven…Cantu has a career-high 16-game hitting streak…Ramirez scored his 477th run, moving him into second place on Florida’s all-time list past Mike Lowell…Moyer fell to 13-5 over 18 appearances against Florida…Nolasco is 6-3 in 12 career games (nine starts) against the Phillies.
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