Nolasco pitches 6 strong innings in Marlins' win

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Florida Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) throws during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, March 28, 2011 in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Florida Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) throws during the fourth inning of a spring training …

Ricky Nolasco pitched six strong innings and the Florida Marlins used a four-run third inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Monday.

Nolasco, who earned his first win of the spring in only his fourth appearance, retired 15 consecutive batters during one stretch before Ryan Theriot's single in the sixth. Nolasco gave up only two hits while striking out three.

Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook retired the first two batters of the third, then allowed the next six to reach base — five on consecutive hits.

John Buck had the big hit, a two-run double that one-hopped the center-field wall. Buck then scored the final run of the inning on Westbrook's wild pitch.

The Cardinals avoided the shutout when pinch-hitter Tyler Henly singled home Nick Stavinoha in the ninth.

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