Something about the China Basin brings out the best in the Marlins' rotation.

Dating back to June 7, 2006, when Dontrelle Willis had one of his franchise-record 15 career complete games, a Marlins starter has gone the distance at AT&T Park four times, including three shutouts.

Late Tuesday, Ricky Nolasco was two outs from making it five with four shutouts. Nolasco fell just short of his fifth career complete game, but he wasn't denied his fourth victory in the Marlins' 5-1 win at AT&T Park. The World Champion Giants had won five straight, 12 of 15 and nine in a row at home.

With two on and one out, Nolasco (4-0) walked pinch-hitter Pat Burrell, putting his pitch count at a season-high 111. That prompted manager Edwin Rodriguez to summon his closer.

Leo Nunez entered with men on base for only the second time in 25 games. He induced a pair of flyouts, one of which came off Miguel Tejada's bat and accounted for the Giants' lone run, and recorded his major league-leading 18th save.

"I would have liked to finish it, but overall, the important thing is we won," Nolasco said. "That's a good team over there."

Nolasco's first and only shutout was at AT&T Park on Aug. 19, 2008, when he blanked the Giants on two hits. Chris Volstad had his first career shutout here on July 8, 2009 and Anibal Sanchez tossed a one-hit shutout last July 29.

Tuesday, the Giants did not get more than one hit off Nolasco in any inning until the ninth. He held them hitless in six opportunities with runners in scoring position.