Marlins 5, Astros 3(12)

Miami manager Ozzie Guillen was certainly happy to end the road

trip with a win after a 12th-inning hit by Omar Infante.

More exciting for him, though, was the performance of starter

Josh Johnson and former closer Heath Bell on Wednesday night.

Infante’s bases-loaded two RBI single in the 12th inning lifted

the Marlins to a 5-3 win over the Astros.

Before that, Johnson rebounded from two straight tough outings

by allowing four hits and two runs with six strikeouts in seven

innings. Bell, who was demoted from the closer spot last week,

allowed a hit in a scoreless 10th.

”I think the best news I saw was Bell and J.J. throwing the

ball outstanding,” Guillen said. ”To me that was very important.

I wanted those guys to go out there and have some success.”

Guillen demoted Bell, a three-time All-Star, after he blew his

fourth save in seven opportunities on Friday. He hopes Bell will

pitch well enough to earn his job back soon.

”I want to see him throw the ball the way he did today with

confidence,” Guillen said. ”I believe we’re a better ball club

with him as a closer.”

Bell didn’t have much to say about his performance and wouldn’t

say when he expects to close again.

”I want my job back, it’s up to Ozzie when I get my job back,”

Bell said.

Logan Morrison singled in the 12th before a walk by Giancarlo

Stanton. Greg Dobbs grounded into a force out at second and left

runners on the corners. Reliever David Carpenter (0-2) walked John

Buck with two outs to load the bases and set up Infante’s

game-winner.

The victory improved the Marlins to 8-1 on their nine-game road

trip.

Ryan Webb (2-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win.

The Marlins had runners at first and second with no outs in the

10th after a single by Hanley Ramirez and Jed Lowrie’s second error

of the game, which allowed Morrison to reach. But closer Brett

Myers retired the next three Marlins to escape the jam.

Brian Bogusevic tied it at 3-all with an RBI single off Steve

Cishek with two outs in the ninth inning.

Carlos Lee got things going in that inning when he hit his first

triple of the year on a ball hit just out of reach of a diving

Stanton in right field with one out in the ninth inning. Cishek

walked Chris Johnson on four pitches with two outs before

Bogusevic’s hit. Matt Downs grounded out to send it to the

10th.

The Marlins trailed 2-1 after a solo homer by Johnson in the

second inning.

John Buck and Jose Reyes both had run-scoring singles in the

fourth to put Miami up 3-2.

Reyes drew a leadoff walk before scoring on an error by Lowrie

with one out. Lowrie missed a ball hit by Ramirez and the ball

rolled into the outfield to allow Reyes to stroll home and give

Miami a 1-0 lead.

It was the first time in the series that they’d scored on

anything but a home run, after hitting five combined in the

previous two games, but failing to get much else going on

offense.

Jordan Schafer broke a 0 for 15 skid with a double in the first

for the Astros. He scored after Buck, the catcher, had an error

following a wild pitch. Schafer also doubled in the fifth and

finished 4 for 5.

Houston starter Lucas Harrell allowed six hits and three runs –

two earned – in 5 1-3 innings.

Things got testy in the seventh inning when reliever Wilton

Lopez plunked Ramirez on the left arm. Lopez and Ramirez and

catcher Chris Snyder were jawing as an umpire escorted Ramirez to

first base. Lopez was then replaced by Wesley Wright, but didn’t

leave the field until using a hand signal apparently meant to mock

the Marlins.

Last season, Bonifacio and Infante began using the same hand

signal, making a sideways `V’ with their fingers across their eyes,

to mean `lo viste?’ in Spanish or `see that?,’ after good

plays.

Lopez refused comment after the game, but manager Brad Mills

spoke about the beaning.

”There was no way we were trying to hit him there,” Mills

said. ”The ball just got up and away from him. There was

absolutely no intent.”

Lopez didn’t stop once he was off the field, making the gesture

several more times from the dugout while eyeing Ramirez.

Both managers came out separately to talk to the umpire before

Morrison grounded out to end the inning.

Reyes made the gesture with a smile after a single in the 11th

inning.

Guillen didn’t think the incident was that big of a deal.

”Very mature,” he said with a laugh when asked about it.

”That’s all I can say. Very mature. He’s lucky I wasn’t Hanley. I

would have chased (him) all the way to Puerto Rico. But that’s part

of the game. He’s a kid.”

NOTES: Houston starter Kyle Weiland, who had arthroscopic

surgery for an infection in his right shoulder May 1, doesn’t

expect to return to the rotation until at least late July. He

hasn’t been given an official timetable for his return, but expects

it to take that long for him to get his shoulder strong enough to

pitch again. … Bonifacio batted seventh on Wednesday after

hitting first or second in Miami’s first 30 games this season. …

Both teams are off on Thursday before Miami hosts the Mets and

Houston travels to face the Pirates.