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Preview: 'Stros Look To Bounce Back Against Marlins

(Sports Network) - The Florida Marlins can continue a recent run of home dominance against the Houston Astros tonight when the two teams meet in game two of their three-game weekend series at Sun Life Stadium.

The host Marlins won the opener, 9-0, on Friday night when Anibal Sanchez allowed three hits over seven shutout innings.

Dan Uggla delivered a two-run single and Emilio Bonifacio ended with two RBI for the Marlins, who won their fourth straight contest. Cody Ross and Hector Luna hit back-to-back homers off Fernando Abad in the eighth inning.

Sanchez (10-8) walked a batter, fanned five and even singled in a run during Florida's four-run seventh inning. He's 3-0 with a 0.70 ERA lifetime against Houston.

J.A. Happ (3-2) yielded five hits and three runs over six innings for Houston. Jeff Fulchino was touched for four hits and as many runs in two-thirds of an inning.

The win was Florida's ninth in its last 10 home games against the Astros.

Houston will try to even the series behind lefty starter Wandy Rodriguez, who's seeking his fourth straight decision win and seventh in his last eight.

The 31-year-old Dominican was 3-10 on the season after a 9-3 interleague loss to Texas on June 18, but is 6-1 in 10 starts since, including consecutive defeats of the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati and Milwaukee.

The Astros are 10-14 in Rodriguez's 24 starts.

He won a career-best 14 games last season and is 3-1 in seven career appearances against the Marlins with a 2.76 earned run average.

Florida replies with towering right-hander Chris Volstad, who faces the Astros for the second time in 2010.

The 6-foot-8, 232-pounder allowed five hits and three runs in six innings against Houston on April 20, getting a no-decision in a 7-5 Marlins loss.

He's 1-0 in three career starts against the Astros with a 4.82 ERA.

Volstad dropped a 7-1 decision at Pittsburgh in his last start on Aug. 16, allowing five hits and five runs in five innings.

He's 2-4 in 11 home starts this season while allowing just 65 hits and striking out 49 batters in 67 1/3 innings.

Houston took two of three from the Marlins back in April.

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