Astros Vs. Marlins: Houston Goes Down, 5-3 In 12 Innings Against Miami

After a late ninth inning rally to tie the game, Houston falls to Miami in extra innings.

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MLB Standings 2012: Houston In Fourth Place In NL Central

A 14-17 start to the 2012 season may not sound like much, but after their disastrous 2011 campaign, the Houston Astros will take it.

Expectations couldn't have been lower for the Astros this year, as new management began a multi-year rebuilding process after the franchise reached rock bottom in 2011. Houston was coming off a 56-106 season with a -181 run differential; no other team finished with fewer than 63 wins last season.

However, hope always begins anew every spring, and the Astros have done enough to at least stay competitive in the NL Central in 2012. They are currently one-game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs, tied for last place at 13-18, and six games behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals.

The division as a whole hasn't been very competitive, as only two teams, the Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds, are currently above .500.

For more news and notes on the Astros, head over to The Crawfish Boxes.

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Astros v Marlins Series Review: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros wrapped up their three game series against the Miami Marlins taking only one of games.

The Good?

The Astros are still hitting well. There are exceptions, of course. J.D. Martinez is still struggling at the plate and Brad Mills is having him sit a few games. Hopefully in the meantime he and hitting coach, Mike Barnett, can iron out whatever is ailing his bat. Others have stepped up and started hitting with serious consistency.

Jordan Schafer has one again proven in this series that he will get on base regardless of the circumstances and Chris Johnson has found his power mojo, both contributing significantly to the lineup. Brian Bogusevic, not to be left out, also stood out in this series, hitting in the game winner Tuesday night.

The bullpen stood out in this series, shutting down the opposition effectively every time they took the mound.

With this 2-1 series win by the Marlins, the Astros stand at 6-3 this run at home so far. After a day off today, the Astros will head to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies.

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Astros Vs. Marlins: Houston Loses A Heartbreaker To Miami After 12 Innings

It took 12 innings to do it, but the Miami Marlins emerged victorious over the Houston Astros on the road and took the season series with a 5-3 victory.

After an impressive ninth inning rally by the Astros to tie the game up, they just weren't able to generate anymore offense to come away with the victory at Minute Maid Park

The Marlins Omar Infante singled to center field and drove in Logan Morrison and Greg Dobbs. Those two runs would prove to be enough for Miami and Houston drops a heartbreaker at home.

13 pitchers were used in the ball game but Ryan Webb picked up the win for Miami and David Carpenter took the loss for Houston.

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. Miami Marlins news and info can be found at Fish Stripes, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Marlins Score Update: Houston Rallies In the Ninth, Sends The Game Into Extra Innings

Trailing 3-2, the Houston Astros were down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins until Brian Bogusevic hit a soft fly ball to left field that that scored Marwin Gonzalez to tie the game at 3-3 and send it into extra innings.

Bogusevic had been struggling up to that point registering no hits in his three previous plate appearances.

With the best of three series tied at a game apiece, the Houston Astros are looking to take the series against the Miami Marlins tonight at home. It's just going to take some free baseball in order to do just that.

More updates to come once Miami and Houston goes final.

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. Miami Marlins news and info can be found at Fish Stripes, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Marlins Score Update: Miami Leads Houston 3-2 After Five Innings

The Houstron Astros and Miami Marlins have played five innings and right now Miami leads Houston by a score of 3-2.

For the Marlins, Jose Reyes scored on a fielding error in the top of the first but Houston came right back to even things up at one run apiece on a wild pitch that scored Jordan Schafer. The Astros then took the lead in the bottom of the second inning on a Chris Johnson home run.

Miami would then tie things up in the top of the fourth inning on a John Buck single that brought in Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins would retake the lead on a Reyes ground ball single that brought in Emilio Bonifacio.

Stay tuned for more updates.

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. Miami Marlins news and info can be found at Fish Stripes, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Houston Astros Vs. Miami Marlins: Wednesday Starting Lineups

A 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday has put the Houston Astros in position on Wednesday night to win the series against Ozzie Guillen's club, as the two teams square off in the rubber game of a three-game series.

Miami downed the Astros on Monday night, winning 4-0, but Houston fought back on Tuesday with a 3-2 win.

Both Brad Mills and Ozzie Guillen have announced the starting lineups for Wednesday night's rubber game, and they are as follows:

Miami Marlins

Jose Reyes, SS
Donnie Murphy, 2B
Hanley Ramirez, 3B
Logan Morrison, LF
Giancarlo Stanton, RF
Greg Dobbs, 1B
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B
John Buck, C
Josh Johnson, SP

Houston Astros

Jordan Schafer, CF
Jose Altuve, 2B
Jed Lowrie, SS
Carlos Lee, 1B
Travis Buck, LF
Chris Johnson, 3B
Brian Bogusevic, RF
Chris Snyder, C
Lucas Harrell, SP

Though he's struggled this year, Houston's hitters will still be going up against one of the most talented starters in all of baseball in the form of Josh Johnson. Johnson, though, has been very hittable this year, giving up 47 hits in 31.1 innings of work.

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Astros Vs. Marlins: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

The Astros will try to take the rubber game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night, possibly the last game between the two clubs for a very long time. Miami and Houston won't meet again this season, and with the Astros heading to the AL West in 2013, the clubs won't meet again for the foreseeable future.

Lucas Harrell will look to win back-to-back starts after allowing four runs (three) earned in 5 1/3 innings against St. Louis. The Astros have now won six of their last eight games entering Wednesday night.

Date / Time: Wednesday, May 9, 7:05 p.m. CT

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740, KLAT 1010

Probable Starters: Lucas Harrell (2-2) vs. Josh Johnson (0-3)

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. Miami Marlins news and info can be found at Fish Stripes, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Marlins: Eighth-Inning Double From Brian Bogusevic Gives Houston 3-2 Win

Brian Bogusevic came off the bench to hit a pinch-hit, two-out double and score Travis Buck in bottom of the eighth inning, giving Houston a 3-2 lead it held onto in a comeback win.

Aneury Rodriguez got the start for the Astros, giving up two hits and two earned runs over six innings. The Astros scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to give Rodriguez a no-decision. The runs came on a fielding error from Marlins second baseman Omar Infante, allowing two unearned runs to score.

Wilton Lopez picked up the win after giving up one hit in the top of the eighth. Brett Myers gave up one hit in the ninth and picked up the save.

No Astro recorded multiple hits. Buck and Jose Altuve each went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. Miami Marlins news and info can be found at Fish Stripes, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Marlins: Game 2 Starting Lineups Announced

The Houston Astros will shuffle their batting order to face the Marlins' Carlos Zambrano on Tuesday night, dropping left fielder J.D. Martinez from third to sixth, and replacing him with switch-hitting shortstop Jed Lowrie, moving from fifth to third. The move gives the Astros a left-right-left-right order in the 1-6 batters.

Houston:

1. Jordan Schafer (L) CF

2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B

3. Jed Lowrie (S) SS

4. Carlos Lee (R) 1B

5. Travis Buck (L) RF

6. J.D. Martinez (R) LF

7. Chris Johnson (R) 3B

8. Jason Castro (L) C

9. Aneury Rodriguez (R) P

Miami:

1. Jose Reyes (S) SS

2. Emilio Bonifacio (S) CF

3. Hanley Ramirez (R) 3B

4. Logan Morrison (L) LF

5. Omar Infante (R) 2B

6. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF

7. Gaby Sanchez (R) 1B

8. John Buck (R) C

9. Anibal Sanchez (R) P

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. Miami Marlins news and info can be found at Fish Stripes, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Marlins: Game 2 Preview, TV Info And More

After going on a five-game winning streak, the Houston Astros are back on a losing skid they hope to end in Tuesday's game 2 head-to-head with the Miami Marlins.

Houston was held scoreless against the Marlins on Monday and only cranked out three hits against Carlos Zambrano, while home runs from Giancarlo Stanton, John Buck and Hanley Ramirez gave Miami the runs needed to put the Astros away.

Tuesday's starting pitching matchup will feature Aneury Rodriguez for the Astros against Anibal Sanchez of the Marlins. Here is a look at the game schedule and television information:

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 8, 7:05 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Online streaming: MLB.TV

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. To read more Miami Marlins news and info, it can be found at Fish Stripes, and all your MLB news and notes around the league is at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Marlins: Houston Bats Silenced In 4-0 Loss

The Astros were only able to muster three hits against Carlos Zambrano, who threw a shutout in a 4-0 Houston loss.

Wandy Rodriguez got the start for Houston, giving up four earned runs over eight innings. Houston's three hits came from Jose Altuve, Travis Buck and pinch-hotter Brian Bogusevic. Buck also drew the lone walk for Houston.

All four Marlins runs were scored via home run. Miami broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer to left field. John Buck hit a solo homer to lead off the sixth to extend the lead to 3-0 and Hanley Ramirez hit a leadoff home run in the ninth inning.

The Astros have now lost two in a row since winning five straight.

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. Miami Marlins news and info can be found at Fish Stripes, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Marlins: Starting Lineups Announced

The Houston Astros and Miami Marlins have both been playing quality baseball of late, but something will have to give when the two sides square off on Monday night.

The starting lineups for game one of their series have been announced. Here's a look.

Houston:

1. Jordan Schafer, center field, L

2. Jose Altuva, second base, R

3. J.D. Martinez, left field, R

4. Carlos Lee, first base, R

5. Jed Lowrie, shortstop, S

6. Chris Johnson, third base, R

7. Travis Buck, right field, L

8. Chris Snyder, catcher, R

9. Wandy Rodriguez, pitcher, S

Miami:

1. Jose Reyes, shortstop, S

2. Emilio Bonifacio, center field, S

3. Hanley Ramirez, third base, R

4. Logan Morrision, left field, L

5. Omar Infante, second base, R

6. Giancarlo Stanton, right field, R

7. Gaby Sanchez, first base, R

8. John Buck, catcher, R

9. Carlos Zambrano, pitcher, S

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. Miami Marlins news and info can be found at Fish Stripes, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Astros v Marlins Series Preview: Will the Home Stand Success Continue?

The Astros have played extremely well in the 6 game home stand to date. First a sweep of the Mets quickly followed by a 2-1 series win over the defending World Series Champion Cardinals. Not too shabby for a team that no one has paid much attention to this season.

With another three games remaining in this 3 series, 9 game home stand, what can fans expect?

The Miami Marlins (14-14) and their very colorful new uniforms come to Houston (13-15) starting tonight. First up? Former Cub, Carlos Zambrano (0-2, 2.53 ERA) will pitch opposite of Wandy Rodriguez (3-2, 1.64). Wandy's pitching so far this season has been stellar. I'd argue he's the best we've seen of him thus far in his career.

But the Marlins are on a bit of streak. Coming into Houston, they've won their last seven games, all on the road, and will be eager to continue to prove they're not a disappointment. But Wandy's not going to make it easy. In five starts against the Marlins at Minute Maid Park, he's 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA.

Tuesday on the mound is Anibal Sanchez (2-0, 2.42 ERA) versus the recently called up Aneury Rodriguez who will be making his first major league start of the season. At AAA OKC, Aneury was 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA. He's been brought up to replace Kyle Weiland who is out on the disable list dealing with what looks to be an infection in his shoulder. This will be the most volatile night of the 3 games for the Astros as we wait with bated breath to see how Aneury performs at this level this time around.

Wednesday bring John Johnson (0-3, 6.61 ERA) of the Marlins squaring off against Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.76 ERA). Harrell put in a nice showing last Friday against the Cardinals holding them to 3 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. He's still chasing that excellent outing that started his season Opening Weekend where he went seven innings of shutout baseball. If Harrell is hot, this game should clinch a series win for the Astros.

Ptiching will be a big factor but again, for this Astros club, run production is key. Even after the loss against the Cardinals on Sunday, they have the 3rd best run differential in the National League (+14). If the Astros can keep hitting, they can keep winning and with the likes of Jose Altuve and Jed Lowrie not only hitting well, but defensively creating a screen at middle infield, this Astros club is getting tougher day by day.

Put the decent starting pitching with a bullpen that's been outstanding and now calls themselves the Regulators together with a team that is swinging the bat well and you've got a combination that can win ball games.

If you thought the Cardinals games were close and nerve wracking, brace yourselves, because this series could take us on a wild ride. Even still I predict a series win 2-1 for the Astros.

Monday, 5/7/12 - 7:05pm start - probably pitchers: Carlos Zambrano (0-2, 2.53 ERA) v. Wandy Rodriguez (3-2, 1.64 ERA)

Tuesday, 5/8/12 - 7:05pm - probably pitchers: Anibal Sanchez (2-0, 2.43 ERA) v. Aneury Rodriguez (debut for the season)

Wednesday, 5/7/12 - 7:05pm start - probable pitchers: Josh Johnson (0-3, 6.61 ERA) v. Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.76 ERA)

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Astros Vs. Marlins: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

Both the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins have won seven of their last 10 games.

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