Ricky Nolasco was too spent to stand and talk to reporters. After surviving a 12-hit assault by the Braves and enduring the 90-degree heat for the better part of two hours on Sunday, Nolasco was sapped.

But he was also victorious.

"It happened," Nolasco said. "I don't know how, but it did."

Nolasco, despite giving up all those hits, somehow managed to walk away with a win in the Marlins' 3-1 victory that prevented a Braves sweep. It was also the 10,000th franchise loss for the Braves.

"I kept getting singled to death," Nolasco said. "But I had a couple of double plays that helped and just had to battle out there."

Nolasco became only the second Marlins pitcher to give up only one run while allowing 12 or more hits. The other was Livan Hernandez, who did it on May 16, 1999, when he held the Brewers to a run on 13 hits and yet still got the win.

Sunday's victory at Turner Field concluded a 17-10 month for the Marlins, a sharp improvement over a 5-23 June that all but destroyed their season.

Leo Nunez notched his 30th save, joining Robb Nen as the only two Marlins relievers to register 30-save seasons in back-to-back years. Nen did it in 1996 and '97, recording 35 saves in each of those years.

"I'm happy," Nunez said of his accomplishment.

Considering that the Braves outhit the Marlins 13-7, it was remarkable that Nolasco and the Marlins avoided a sweep.