(Sports Network) - The Florida Marlins have climbed over the .500 mark thanks
to an MLB-best seven-game winning streak and aim to stay perfect on a nine-
game road trip Tuesday in the second test of three against the Houston Astros.
The Marlins are 6-5 in their shiny new stadium and moved to 9-9 away from home
with last night's 4-0 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Marlins
starter Carlos Zambrano earned his first win with Florida by tossing a three-
hit shutout with nine strikeouts and one walk.
"He was able to control his sinker and his cutter, and that opens a lot of
options for me during the at-bats," Marlins catcher John Buck said. "He was
making the plate feel wide to the hitters and just keeping the spit low in the
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer, while Hanley Ramirez and Buck added
solo shots for the Marlins, who were coming off consecutive sweeps of San
Francisco and San Diego. Stanton has six homers since April 29 (9 games) and
is riding a 10-game hitting streak. Florida is 8-2 in that stretch.
Florida is also 4-1 when Anibal Sanchez takes the mound and he is set for his
sixth start of the season tonight. Sanchez won his most recent outing in a 3-2
victory at the Giants last Thursday by holding the opposition to a run on
seven hits and a walk over seven frames. Sanchez struck out five to improve to
2-0 in five starts and lowered his ERA slightly from 2.73 to 2.43.
Sanchez did not record a decision versus Houston on April 15 this season, as
he was reached for three runs -- two earned -- over six innings of a 5-4 win
at Marlins Park. The righty, who has yet to allow more than two runs in any
outing this season, is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six career starts against
The Astros will continue a nine-game homestand and have dropped two in a row
since ripping off five straight wins to open the residency.
In last night's shutout loss to the Marlins, Wandy Rodriguez was dealt the
setback for giving up all four runs and six hits in eight innings.
"We couldn't get anything going," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "Wandy kept
his pitch count down and threw a really good ballgame."
Jose Altuve, Travis Bucks and Brian Bogusevic each had a hit for Houston,
which is 9-7 as the host this season.
Houston hopes Aneury Rodriguez can mix it up when he takes the mound tonight
against the Marlins in his 2012 debut. Rodriguez was 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA in
six starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City this year and went 1-6 with a 5.27 ERA
in 43 games (8 starts) in the big leagues a season ago.
The right-hander has no record or ERA in two career relief appearances in this
series, spanning only one inning of work.
Houston dropped two of three games in Miami from April 13-15, including two
contests in 11 innings. The Marlins are 9-2 in the last 11 matchups between
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