MIAMI, June 5 (UPI) -- Dontrelle Willis pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out four Thursday night as the Florida Marlins held on for a 2-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Willis (4-1) gave up five hits, and the Athletics put runners in scoring position just twice.
But reliever Vladimir Nunez opened the eighth by walking Eric Byrnes and giving up a double to Mark Ellis. Nunez was lifted in favor of Looper, who struck out Jermaine Dye and got Miguel Tejada to ground to first. Looper loaded the bases by intentionally walking Erubiel Durazo to get to Ramon Hernandez, who struck out.
Looper struck out another in the ninth and earned his 10th save of the season.
A's starter Ted Lilly was the hard-luck loser, allowing one earned run, walking one and striking out eight in seven innings.
Alex Gonzalez drove in a run and extended his hitting streak to eight games. Mike Lowell went two for three with a run scored for the Marlins, who improved their record to 63-42 in interleague play.
Ellis went two for four for Oakland, which was shut out for the first time this season.