Ricky Nolasco envisioned former Marlins teammate Josh Willingham giving his fellow Athletics hitters the lowdown, how he lives and dies with breaking stuff. That's why Nolasco threw more fastballs late Wednesday than he has all season.

The end result was Nolasco's second career shutout and a 3-0, series-evening win over the Athletics at the Coliseum. Nolasco held the Athletics to five hits, two of which came in the first inning, and benefitted from some rare pop in the Marlins' lineup.

Hanley Ramirez delivered a two-run homer in the first and Logan Morrison added a solo blast three innings later.

"They did the job and that was the big thing," said manager Jack McKeon, who before the game emphasized the importance of situational hitting in a team meeting. "The home runs paid off."

Two of Nolasco's five wins have come in the Bay Area. On May 25, he limited the Giants to a run over 8 1/3 innings. In his combined five career starts at AT&T Park (three) and the Oakland Coliseum (two), Nolasco is 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA, six walks and 29 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.

"I don't know if it's the cool weather," Nolasco said. "I have no idea. I'm trying to give my team a chance to win every time out. I guess it just happens up here for some reason?I threw a lot of fastballs. With Willingham over there, I'm sure he told them the report on me and a lot of that is soft. I tried to stay hard and was able to locate fastballs in and out."

Before Ramirez crushed a Guillermo Moscoso pitch over the 400-foot sign in straightaway center, the Marlins were homerless in their last 198 at-bats. Gaby Sanchez's June 21, first-inning shot at home off Ervin Santana was the club's last one.

Wednesday marked the first time since June 11 at Arizona the Marlins hit more than one in a game. From the June 12 game against the Diamondbacks through Tuesday's loss, just four of the club's 113 hits left the park.