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
”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
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
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
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