National League Game Summary - Miami at Houston|
(Tuesday, May 8th)
Final Score: Houston 3, Miami 2
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Brian Bogusevic drove home the game-winning run
with a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Houston
Astros edged the Miami Marlins, 3-2, in the middle test of a three-game set at
Minute Maid Park.
Bogusevic's double was the only extra-base hit for Houston, while six other
Astros added singles, including starter Aneury Rodriguez, who gave up two runs
on two hits while fanning six over six innings.
"I think pinch-hitting is one of those things where the more you do it, the
more comfortable you get," Bogusevic said. "You kind of get a feel for things
you want to and things you might want to stay away from in that situation."
Wilton Lopez (3-0) tossed a scoreless eighth to collect the win and Brett
Myers earned his eighth save of the season despite allowing a hit in the
ninth. Houston snapped a brief two-game skid.
The Marlins got solo homers from Omar Infante and John Buck, but it wasn't
enough as their seven-game winning streak came to an end.
Ryan Webb (1-1) allowed Bogusevic's game-deciding hit to absorb the loss.
With the game tied at 2-2, the Astros took the lead for good in the eighth.
Travis Buck started the two-out rally by slapping a single into right field
and Bogusevic followed with a double down the line in left to bring home Buck.
In the ninth, Myers induced groundouts from Emilio Bonifacio and Hanley
Ramirez. He then allowed a single to Logan Morrison, but recovered and got
Infante to roll into a fielder's choice to end the game.
Earlier, the Marlins broke the scoreless deadlock in the fourth when Infante
turned on a high fastball from Rodriguez and sent it four rows back into the
left-field seats for the Marlins' first hit of the game and a 1-0 lead.
It was 2-0 for the Marlins in the fifth after Buck got a fastball that ran up
and in and ripped it just over the wall and into the first row in left field.
Houston struck for a pair of runs in the sixth with a little help from some
poor defensive execution by the Marlins.
Pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez started the frame with a single, Jose Altuve
reached on an infield single to shortstop and Carlos Lee walked following a
groundout by Jed Lowrie to load the bases with two outs.
Buck then slapped a grounder to Infante, but he couldn't come up with it
cleanly. Infante then compounded the blunder by throwing the ball away, which
allowed Gonzalez and Altuve to score.
"Omar's one of the best second basemen in the league," Marlins manager Ozzie
Guillen said. "Guys make errors, that's part of the game and I have no problem
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had his 10-game hitting streak
snapped...Rodriguez was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the
day on Tuesday and made his first start of the season...The Marlins fell to
9-10 away from home this season...Miami went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring
position and stranded three, while the Astros finished 0-for-5 with men in
scoring position and left seven on base.
05/09 00:38:56 ET