Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Carlos Zambrano threw his first shutout since
the 2009 season and the Miami Marlins blanked the Houston Astros, 4-0, in the
opener of a three-game series Monday.
Zambrano (1-2) allowed just three hits and one walk and struck out nine en
route to his first win in a Marlins uniform.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer, while Hanley Ramirez and John Buck
added solo shots for the Marlins, who have won seven straight.
"He was able to control his sinker and his cutter, and that opens a lot of
options for me during the at-bats," Buck said. "He was making the plate feel
wide to the hitters and just keeping the spit low in the zone."
Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic and Travis Buck each had a hit for Houston, which
has dropped two straight following a five-game winning streak.
Wandy Rodriguez (3-3) gave up four runs on six hits and two walks while
fanning two in eight-plus innings to suffer the loss.
The Marlins broke a scoreless tie in the fourth after Logan Morrison drew a
one-out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Omar Infante grounded
out, Stanton blasted a hanging curveball from Rodriguez into the Crawford
Boxes in left field to give the Marlins a 2-0 edge.
Miami added a run in the fifth when Buck led off the frame by taking the first
pitch he saw from Rodriguez deep into the seats in right field for a 3-0 lead.
Ramirez capped the scoring by slicing a 2-2 changeup over the wall in left
field, giving Zambrano a little extra breathing room in the bottom of the
Bogusevic led off the Houston ninth with a base hit into left to make Zambrano
sweat a little, but was erased on a double-play ground out by Jordan Schafer,
and the big righty caught Altuve looking to finish off his gem.
"We couldn't get anything going," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "Wandy kept
his pitch count down and threw a really good ballgame."
Zambrano's last shutout came in a 3-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on
Sept. 25, 2009, as a member of the Chicago Cubs. This was his fifth career
shutout...Stanton extended his hitting streak to 10 games...Astros shortstop
Jed Lowrie had his nine-game hitting streak halted...Miami went 1-for-6 with
runners in scoring position and stranded three, while the Astros did not get a
runner to second base all night and left just two stranded.
05/08 00:25:31 ET
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