Florida (18-34) at Colorado (27-27)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 3, 2006
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The Florida Marlins seek consecutive road wins for the first time in nearly three weeks when they continue their series with the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Coors Field.

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.

Left-hander Dontrelle Willis gave up solo homers to Ryan Spilborghs and Clint Barmes, but that was the only damage over seven innings as he snapped a personal six-game losing skid.

“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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R. Nolasco LAA vs. B. Kim SF
11-11 Record 8-12
4.82 ERA 5.57
99 K 129
41 BB 61
1.41 WHIP 1.55