Marlins' Nolasco hit hard again

The Associated Press
Friday, March 18, 2011; 5:17 PM

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ricky Nolasco gave up seven runs in his second spring start, the Florida Marlins' 9-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday.

Nolasco, whose start to spring training was delayed because of a sore right thumb allowed eight hits in two innings. In his first start in March 13, he was tagged for four runs in 1 2-3 innings against the Nationals.

Nolasco, the projected No. 2 starter, missed the last month of the 2010 season with a torn meniscus in his right knee. He has recovered from surgery and said the knee is fine.

Left-hander J.A. Happ allowed an unearned run on four hits in five innings for Houston, his longest start of the spring.

Wilton Lopes, Houston's set-up man, pitched another scoreless inning. He hasn't allowed a hit in six innings this spring.

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