Florida (18-34) snapped its seven-game road losing streak with a 4-2 win Friday to begin a nine-game trip. The victory was the Marlins’ first away from Dolphin Stadium since an 8-2 win over Pittsburgh on May 14.
Florida’s 9-17 road record remains the worst in the NL East.
“It didn’t seem that long,” said Willis, whose lone win this season before Friday came in a 5-3 decision against Washington on April 14. “Especially of late, I have been able to throw the ball a little better. I haven’t gotten the results, but I like what I’ve done.”
Jeremy Hermida went 3-for-4 and finished a double short of the cycle. Miguel Cabrera singled to extend his hitting streak to nine games, during which he is batting .533 (16-for-30) with three homers and 11 RBIs.
Ricky Nolasco (3-2, 3.94 ERA) tries to follow up the strong effort from Willis and contain a struggling Rockies offense when he makes his fourth start Saturday.
A converted reliever, Nolasco was added to the rotation in May in place of Sergio Mitre, who is on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Nolasco went 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 11 relief appearances before his first career start on May 17, when he allowed five hits and three walks in 3 2-3 innings of a 6-4, 11-inning loss at Atlanta.
He gave up five runs in four innings of a 7-3 loss to the New York Mets in his last start on Sunday.
Colorado (27-27) has lost three in a row to fall to the .500 mark for the first time since it was 2-2 on April 7.
Still, the Rockies are 9-4 in their last 13 home games and play 20 of their next 33 at Coors Field heading into the All-Star break.
The Rockies were six games above .500 at 25-19 on May 21, but then endured on a brutal 2-7 road trip in which they were outscored 42-17 and hit just .216 as a team.
In Friday’s opener of a nine-game homestand, Colorado managed only seven hits, five of them singles.
Byung-Hyun Kim (3-2, 4.17) starts Saturday and has a chance to notch back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
The right-hander pitched well in his last start Sunday in a 6-3 win at San Francisco. He allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings, including Barry Bonds’ 715th career homer that moved him past Babe Ruth and into second place on the all-time list.
Kim is 6-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 19 career appearances against Florida.
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