Ricky Nolasco won his fourth straight appearance by tossing eight innings of shutout baseball. He whiffed 12. He gave up three singles and two walks.
Ross Ohlendorf gave up 9 hits and five runs in five innings. He gave up two runs in the third and fifth inning to put the Bucs into a whole from which they would not emerge.
Steven Jackson and Jeff Karstens mopped up. Leo Nunez tossed the 9th for Florida.
Two of the singles came from Andrew McCutchen.
Freddy Sanchez was named as a sub for the All-Star game. He hasn’t started since July 1 due to back issues.
Nunez was a former Pirate farmhand, traded all those years ago for Benito Santiago.
Nolasco’s career mark for Ks is 13, accomplished 8-2-08 against the Stones.
Pirate hitters have whiffed in double digits 13 times now in 2009. The Pirates offense has reached double digits in runs 10 times.
Ohlendorf’s only other appearance against Florida was a win back on 4/20/09.