Astros 3, Marlins 2

At first base with two outs in the eighth inning and the game

tied, Travis Buck knew exactly what he wanted to do if the ball was

put in play by pinch-hitter Brian Bogusevic.

”I knew right off the bat, I’m scoring,” Buck said. ”He’s

either going to catch it or I’m scoring.”

Bogusevic’s RBI double sent Buck home and the Houston Astros

ended the Miami Marlins’ season-long seven-game winning streak with

a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.

The game was tied 2-2 when Buck singled before Bogusevic’s hit

off Ryan Webb (1-1) to the corner of left field, which a leaping

Logan Morrison just missed, sent Buck home.

”The thing that I loved about that (play) was Travis Buck at

first base,” Houston manager Brad Mills said. ”He never broke

stride. As soon as the ball was hit, he knew there were two outs,

but he was gone as fast as he could. That’s exactly what you’re

supposed to do, but sometimes guys want to look at the ball. But he

took off right from the get-go and put him in a position to be able

to score. That was great.”

The Astros had tied the game when two errors on one play by Omar

Infante allowed two runs to score in the sixth inning. The normally

reliable Infante had committed just one error in his previous 136

chances before that play.

”It was an easy ground ball,” Infante said. ”I didn’t catch

it and then I (didn’t look) and threw it too quickly. I don’t know

why I threw the ball.”

Infante had a solo homer in the fourth and John Buck added one

in the fifth to give Miami the 2-0 lead, but they managed just two

hits the rest of the way.

Wilton Lopez (3-0) allowed one hit in the eighth for the win and

Brett Myers pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.

Houston’s Aneury Rodriguez, who was recalled from Triple-A

Oklahoma City before the game, allowed two hits and struck out six

in six innings in his 2012 major league debut. He wasn’t feeling

well on Monday when he arrived in Houston, but was better by game

time.

”I cried yesterday and they put me on some vitamins and today

in the morning I felt better,” he said when asked if he was sick

on Monday. ”I felt good.”

Miami starter Anibal Sanchez allowed five hits and two runs –

none earned – with eight strikeouts in seven innings. He wasn’t

upset that Infante’s errors likely cost him the win.

”That’s part of the game,” he said. ”I don’t have any

concerns about it. He is one of the best second baseman in the

major leagues. He’s not perfect. He’s human. I know he didn’t want

to make the error, especially in that situation.”

Houston hadn’t been able to get more than one runner on base in

an inning until the sixth. Pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez started

things off with a single before a single by Jose Altuve with one

out. Jed Lowrie grounded out before Sanchez loaded the bases by

walking Carlos Lee.

Infante then had two errors on a ground ball hit by Buck. His

first error allowed Buck to reach and the second one came when he

badly missed the throw to first base, allowing Gonzalez and Altuve

to score and tie it at 2-all.

Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs singled for the Marlins with one out in

the eighth inning for their first hit since John Buck’s homer in

the fifth. But Jose Reyes grounded into a double play to end the

inning.

Giancarlo Stanton made a jumping catch at the wall in right

field on a ball hit by Lowrie for the first out in the eighth

inning.

Rodriguez didn’t allow a hit until Infante’s two-out shot to the

Crawford Boxes in left field in the fourth inning. John Buck, who

also homered on Monday night, added a solo home run in the next

inning to make it 2-0.

Rodriguez got his first major league hit and Houston’s first hit

of the game on a single to right field with two outs in the third

inning. Sanchez retired seven in a row after that, with the next

hit coming on a single by Chris Johnson with two outs in the fifth

inning.

NOTES: The Astros optioned RHP Enerio Del Rosario to Oklahoma

City before the game to make room on the roster for Rodriguez. …

After the game they optioned Rodriguez back to Oklahoma City and

reinstated RHP Rhiner Cruz from the 15-day disabled list. … The

teams wrap up the series on Wednesday night when Miami’s Josh

Johnson (0-3) looks for his first win against Lucas Harrell. …

Lopez lowered his ERA to 2.12 in 16 appearances with Tuesday’s

performance. … Stanton went 0 for 3 to end a 10-game hitting

streak.