Astros Vs. Marlins: Houston Drops Series, Jordan Schafer Injured

Hanley Rameriz and the Marlins took the Astros' first road series of the season, while Jordan Schafer is "day-to-day" with a head injury.

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Jordan Schafer Head Injury Leaves Him Day-To-Day

In the 11th inning of the Houston Astros 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, Jordan Schafer's head collided with Jose Reyes' knee on a stolen base attempt. Schafer, who was out on the play, was forced to leave the game and is now listed as day-to-day, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Schafer said he felt dizzy after the game but did not have any concussion tests.

After Schafer left, Travis Buck entered the game for him and Brian Bogusevic shifted over to center field. Both Buck and Justin Maxwell figure to pick up playing time in Schafer's absence.

Before leaving the game, Schafer was 0-for-5. He is hitting .242 with one home run and two RBI for the season.

For more on this game Astros fans should check out The Crawfish Boxes and Marlins fans should visit Fish Stripes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs Marlins Final Score: Houston Drops Game, Series 5-4 In 11 Innings

Hanley Ramirez's walk-off single in the bottom half of the 11th inning gave the Miami Marlins a win over the Houston Astros Sunday afternoon.

The Marlins struck first off of Houston starter J.A. Happ when Omar Infante hit his fourth home run of the season to take a 1-0 lead. The Astros answered back in the third inning when J.D. Martinez doubled home Happ to tie the game.

The Astros took the lead in the game in the fourth thanks to two RBI groundouts from catcher Jason Castro and Jose Altuve. An RBI groundout from Logan Morrison in the bottom half of the fourth made the score 3-2. Altuve delivered an insurance run for Houston in the eighth with an RBI Double.

However, the Astros couldn't hold the lead as Hanley Ramirez hit his second homer of the season to tie things up at 4-4. Houston worked out of a jam in the bottom of the tenth but Ramirez's single in the eleventh gave the Fish the victory.

J.A. Happ worked six innings allowing five hits and two earned runs to earn a no decision. David Carpenter takes the loss for the Astros after walking two and allowing three hits in the 11th. Chad Gaudin picks up the win for Miami after throwing three shut out innings while allowing two hits.

For more on this game Astros fans should check out The Crawfish Boxes and Marlins fans should visit Fish Stripes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Astros Sunday Roundup: Jordan Schafer, A Star Is Burns

All smiles for Jordan Schafer and J.D. Martinez at present.

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Astros Vs. Marlins Starting Lineups Announced For Series Finale

The Houston Astros go for a series win on Sunday afternoon against the Miami Marlins. J.A. Happ will take the mound for the Astros looking for his second win of the season and J.D. Martinez will be batting third after getting off to a great start to the season.

Marlins' starter Anibal Sanchez has pitched well against Houston in his career going 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA against the Astros.

Here is a look at today's lineups:

Houston Astros

1. Jordan Schafer (L) CF
2. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
3. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
4. Carlos Lee (R) 1B
5. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF
6. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
7. Jason Castro (L) C
8. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
9. J.A. Happ (L) P

Miami Marlins

1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Emilio Bonifacio (S) CF
3. Hanley Ramirez (R) 3B
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
5. Omar Infante (R) 2B
6. Logan Morrison (L) LF
7. Gaby Sanchez (R) 1B
8. John Buck (R) C
9. Anibal Sanchez (R) P

For more on this game Astros fans should check out The Crawfish Boxes and Marlins fans should visit Fish Stripes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Marlins Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Houston Astros will try to build off of Saturday night's thrilling come from behind win and take the series finale from the Florida Marlins. The Astros scored four in the ninth on Saturday night to come back and shock the Marlins 5-4. Houston is 4-4 on the season.

J.D. Martinez has been a bright spot for the Astros this season having recorded a hit in all eight games this season. Martinez is hitting .379 with three home runs and nine RBIs.

Houston could have some problems with Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez who has a career 3-1 record and a 2.37 ERA against the Astros. Houston will counter with lefty J.A. Happ who defeated the Atlanta Braves earlier this week.

Game date/time: Sunday, April 15, 12:10 CT

Location: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida

Pitching Matchup: J.A. Happ (1-0, 4.50 ERA) vs Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 2.84 ERA)

TV: FS Houston

Radio: KTRH 740 and KLAT 1010

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on this game Astros fans should check out The Crawfish Boxes and Marlins fans should visit Fish Stripes. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Marlins Final Score: Houston Scores 4 In The Ninth To Win 5-4

The outcome looked bleak as the Houston Astros trailed 4-1 heading into the top of the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins, but the Astros offense came alive to score four runs and win 5-4. The comeback came when the Marlins brought in relief pitcher Heath Bell to close the game. Bell did get the first out rather easily when Chris Snyder flied out to left, but then the hits starting coming for the Astros.

Jose Altuve hit a double but made it to third base on a throwing error, and he was then knocked in when Travis Buck came into pinch hit and hit a single to shallow left field. Then there was the rare catchers interference call which sent Jordan Schafer to first and Buck to second base.

With two men on Jed Lowrie flied out and did not advance the runners, so the Astros were down to their last out with two men on and trailing 4-2. Then J.D. Martinez and Carlos Lee hit back-to-back single to tie the game at four, and then what ended up being the game winning play was Brian Bogusevic's hit to the outfield and Logan Morrison could not hold onto the ball. That error allowed Justin Maxwell to score the game winning run.

In the bottom of the ninth the Astros sent out Brett Myers to close the game and he closed out the game by striking out two to earn his second save of the season.

For more on the Astros go check out Crawfish Boxes and go visit Fish Stripes for everything on the Marlins. Go visit Baseball Nation for more news and notes on the MLB.

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NL Central Standing: Astros Remain Behind Cardinals, Brewers

The Houston Astros have been a mild surprise early in the 2012 MLB regular season, however their current three-game losing streak seems a bit more familiar. As they play again today, they'll hope to right the ship against the Miami Marlins and even their record at 4-4. The division has been less than impressive in the last few days with five of six teams losing at least two in a row. The Cubs have been the only bright spot and all six teams stand within 2.5 games of each other. This could be a brutal season for the NL Central all year since no team seems as dominant as years past.


NL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
St. Louis 5 3 .625 0 Lost 2
Milwaukee 4 4 .500 1 Lost 2
Houston 3 4 .428 1.5 Lost 3
Chicago 3 5 .375 2 Won 2
Cincinnati 3 5 .375 2 Lost 2
Pittsburgh 2 5 .285 2.5 Lost 4

(updated 4.14.2012 at 12:09 PM EDT)

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Houston Astros Vs. Miami Marlins: Pitching Probables, Start Time And More

The Houston Astros continue their first road trip of the 2012 season on Saturday night, as they take on the Miami Marlins in the second game of a three game set.

Bud Norris (0-0, 2.57 ERA) draws the start for the Astros, who will look to build on his strong start against the Rockies. Despite receiving a no-decision, Norris pitched admirably, lasting seven innings while giving up two runs on four hits. Norris struck out eight and walked three in the eventual 3-2 win for Houston.

Houston's offense will face off against a familiar foe in Carlos Zambrano (0-0, 6.00 ERA). The start will mark Zambrano's first at home since being traded from Chicago to Miami over the offseason. In his lone start this year, Zambrano gave up four runs on four in six innings against the Reds, while walking two and striking out six. Like Norris, Zambrano received a no-decision in his first and only start this year.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT. Televised coverage can be found on Fox Sports Houston, as well as Fox Sports Florida. The game will be available via MLB.tv as well.

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out the Crawfish Boxes and join the discussion.

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Astros Vs. Marlins Final Score: Miami Defeats Houston In 11 Innings, 5-4

The Houston Astros overcame a 4-2 deficit to tie the game in the eighth inning on a J.D. Martinez two-run home run. Martinez had a great game for the Astros going 2-for-4, two runs, two RBI and a walk.

That home run sent the game into extra innings before the Miami Marlins won the game in the bottom of the 11th inning on a RBI double by Gaby Sanchez off of Brandon Lyon.

The Astros got off to a slow start when starting pitcher Lucas Harrell lasted only four innings by giving up seven hits, four hits, four walks and four earned runs. Harrell was relieved by David Carpenter, Wilton Lopez and Fernando Rodriguez who combined to pitch six scoreless innings before Lyon gave up the game winning double to Sanchez.

For more on the Astros go check out Crawfish Boxes and go visit Fish Stripes for everything on the Marlins. Go visit Baseball Nation for more news and notes on the MLB.

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Astros Vs. Marlins: Game Time, TV Info And More

After splitting the first six games at home, the Astros will head on the road for the first time this season when they begin a three-game series against the Miami Marlins on Friday (7:10 p.m., FS-H).

Houston starter Lucas Harrell threw seven scoreless innings in his season-debut against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. It was the first time he had thrown seven innings in a game. Shortstop Jed Lowrie will be activated from the DL and is expected to make his Houston debut. Lowrie sprained his right thumb against the same Marlins team in Spring Training in late March. Outfielder J.D. Martinez has hit safely in all six games this season.

Here's more information on the game:

Location: Marlins Park

Game Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

Pitchers: Lucas Harrell (HOU) vs. Ricky Nolasco (MIA)

TV Channel: FS-H

Radio: AM 740, AM 1010

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out the Crawfish Boxes and join the discussion.

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Houston Astros: Taking It On The Road

The Astros wrap up the opening home stand 3-3 and head out on the road for the first time this season. What will be different on the road?

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