to one hit in the first five innings Thursday night, and the Boston weather took care of the rest.
homered for Florida, and Nolasco gave up
' shot before the Marlins earned a 2-1 victory over Boston when the game was called early in the sixth because of rain.
''He would have had a chance to go real deep in the ballgame, the way he was pitching,'' Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
''I would rather he keep going. I thought he had some pretty good stuff.''
The only other
batter to reach base was
, who hit a high popup in the fifth that third baseman
dropped for an error when he collided with Uggla behind second base. But Nolasco (3-6) got
on a line drive to left and
on a fielder's choice before
struck out to end the inning.
(5-6) gave up
's single to lead off the sixth and had a 2-2 count on Uggla when the umpires signaled for the tarp at 8:59 p.m. The game
was officially called after a delay of 2 hours, 26 minutes.
''You pretty much know the rain's coming and you try to keep your team in the game as long as you can,'' said Nolasco, who
struck out five for his first victory in five starts since May 8. ''You never want to give up runs, no matter what the rain
is and what the score is. But I definitely didn't want to give up the tying run, knowing the rain was coming.''
The Marlins avoided a sweep in the interleague series after being outscored 14-3 in the first two games, and they returned
to Miami to face the
New York Yankees
after going 4-2 on a road trip to Toronto and Boston.
''When you first look at the schedule and you're looking at the American League East, to go 4-2 is pretty good,'' Gonzalez
said. ''I would have taken 3-3 in December when I saw the schedule.''
One night after the
celebrated their record 500th consecutive sellout at Fenway Park, rain kept thousands of ticketholders away - though it was
still a sellout - and sent many more scurrying for cover when a steady drizzle turned into a downpour.
For those who stuck around, the scoreboard showed the
New York Yankees
' loss to the
. Then it showed the
New York Mets
beating the St. Louis Cardinals before flipping on the West Coast game between the
Los Angeles Dodgers
in the fourth inning.
''From where we're sitting, we want to stay and play until whenever,''
said. ''We're the home team; we're not traveling. There are a lot of reasons we wanted to play. ... We got the call; I don't
know if at that point you beg, it doesn't help.''
Lowell said the weather forecast made it clear they were never going to be able to play a full game.
''I think a lot of guys are (upset) right now. Absolutely. Without a doubt,'' Lowell said. ''I don't know if the gate's worth
it. I don't know. There's a lot of guys, I'm one of them.''
Lester gave up two runs and eight hits, striking out four. In his previous three starts, Lester (5-6) had struck out 34 while
allowing seven hits and three earned runs and limiting opposing batters to an .099 average.
Nolasco has put together three solid starts after opening the season with a 2-6 record and 9.07 ERA in his first nine starts.
NOTES: Youkilis had just two hits and 11 strikeouts in the previous five games. ... A scoring change made by the commissioner's
office took a June 10 double away from
and instead gave an error to
New York Yankees
. Chien-Ming Wang was charged with one fewer earned run from the 6-5 Boston victory. ...
threw two simulated innings in the bullpen as he tries to get ready for next Thursday's start against Washington - his first
since April 27, 2008. ... Boston SS
had four at-bats in an extended spring training game as he tries to come back from wrist surgery.