Marlins 6, Astros 3
Hanley Ramirez and Javier Vazquez are recovering from rough
starts and helping the Florida Marlins build a modest winning
Ramirez continued his recent torrid hitting with three hits and
three RBIs and Vazquez pitched seven solid innings as the Marlins
defeated the Houston Astros 6-3 on Friday night.
”When you go through those moments you just have to fight and
fight,” Ramirez said of his early season struggles. ”I wasn’t
feeling anything at home plate. I was a different guy.”
Ramirez is hitting .448 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in
Vazquez (5-8) settled down after a rough first inning and in one
stretch, retired 16 of 18 hitters. He allowed two runs and six
hits, struck out four and walked none.
Over his last five starts, Vazquez has allowed four earned runs
in 30 1-3 innings, struck out 19 and walked three for a 1.19
”I’m staying more aggressive, just pounding the strike zone,”
Vazquez said. ”That’s what I have to keep doing. Mix up my
The Marlins won a third consecutive game for the first time
since a three-game sweep of San Francisco in May. Florida began its
streak with Mike Stanton’s walkoff home run in a 7-6 win over
Philadelphia on Wednesday and extended it in the first two games of
the current four-game series against the Astros.
”I told you guys, when we beat the Phillies in that walkoff,
that was going to be our rhythm,” Ramirez said. ”Everything has
The loss was the Astros’ 12th in their last 14 games.
”Javier was able to shut us down and we were really kind of
sporadic about getting baserunners,” Houston manager Brad Mills
Astros rookie Jordan Lyles remained winless after his seventh
major league start. Lyles (0-4) pitched six innings and allowed
five runs, seven hits, walked three and struck out three.
”I missed a lot of spots today with everything,” Lyles said.
”I didn’t have my stuff. That’s not an excuse but I’ve got to
battle a little bit better than I did tonight.”
Florida broke a 2-2 tie and took the lead for good on Ramirez’s
run-scoring single in the third inning. He drove in Gaby Sanchez,
who reached on a two-out double.
The Marlins increased the lead to 5-2 in the fifth on Logan
Morrison’s bases-loaded walk and Mike Stanton’s sacrifice fly.
”The thing that’s satisfying is seeing these guys do the little
things,” Florida manager Jack McKeon said. ”I was delighted with
Morrison walking with the bases loaded. That’s how you end up
winning ball games.”
Stanton hit an RBI single off reliever Fernando Rodriguez in the
seventh and increased Florida’s lead to 6-2.
Carlos Corporan’s one-out RBI single off Florida reliever Burke
Badenhop in the ninth made it 6-3. Leo Nunez relieved Badenhop and
retired pinch-hitter Jason Michaels and Michael Bourn for his 24th
save in 26 opportunities.
Ramirez’s two-run home run in the bottom of the first erased a
2-0 deficit. Ramirez drove Lyles’ pitch over the wall in
right-center field for his eighth home run of the season.
The Astros scored two runs in the top of the first on RBI
singles by Jeff Keppinger and Brett Wallace.
Notes: Florida 3B Emilio Bonifacio sat out the game to be his
wife, who is expecting a baby. Bourn had his NL-leading 22nd
infield hit in the first when he beat Ramirez’s throw on a routine
grounder to shortstop.