Sanchez homers to back Nolasco in Marlins' 5-2 win

MIAMI (AP) — Gaby Sanchez hit a three-run homer, Ricky Nolasco pitched eight innings and the Florida Marlins defeated the Colorado Rockies, 5-2 Wednesday night.

Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu each hit RBI doubles for the Marlins, who have won four of five.

Nolasco (10-7) allowed two runs and four hits while striking out eight as he reached 10 wins for the third straight season.

Leo Nunez struck out Brad Eldred to end the game with two runners on base for his 22nd save in 27 opportunities.

Jason Hammel (7-5) fell to 0-3 against the Marlins in his career as he allowed five runs in seven innings.

Nolasco retired the side in the fifth, throwing 11 pitches to retire Ian Stewart, Clint Barmes, and Hammel.

Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu doubled in the first for a 2-0 lead.

Seth Smith hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

Notes: Sanchez leads National League rookies with 100 hits. ... Rockies CF Carlos Gonzalez left the game in the sixth with a bruised left index finger. ... Marlins C Brad Davis went 0 for 3 with a walk in his major league debut. ... Rockies manager Jim Tracy is still contemplating when to activate Rockies 1B Todd Helton from the disabled list with aces Josh Johnson and Roy Halladay looming in the next two games. ... Rockies first-round draft pick Kyle Parker announced Wednesday he will remain at Clemson as the team's starting quarterback, but negotiations will continue until the Aug. 16 deadline.