The Miami Marlins attempt to win their third straight road series Wednesday when they face the Houston Astros in the finale of their three-game set. Miami swept three-game series against both San Francisco and San Diego and captured the opener vs. Houston before having its season-high seven-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday. The Marlins look to conclude their nine-game road trip with an 8-1 mark.
Houston halted a two-game skid with Tuesday’s victory in which pinch hitter Brian Bogusevic snapped a tie with an RBI double in the eighth inning. The double was the Astros’ first extra-base hit since Jed Lowrie’s home run in the eighth frame of Saturday’s triumph over St. Louis. Houston is 6-2 on its nine-game homestand.
The clubs are meeting for the final time this season. Miami won two of three at home in April.
Marlins Astros Betting
When: 8:05 PM ET, Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FSN (Miami, Houston)
PITCHING MATCHUPS: Marlins RH Josh Johnson (0-3, 6.61 ERA) vs. Astros RH Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.76 ERA)
Johnson is coming off his shortest outing of the season on Friday, when he surrendered six runs in just 2 2/3 innings at San Diego. Florida’s ace has allowed five runs or more in three of his six starts, including each of the last two. Johnson has yet to defeat Houston in his career, going 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA in four games (three starts).
Harrell halted his personal two-game losing streak on Friday despite allowing four runs – three earned – and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings against St. Louis. The 26-year-old had not won since Apr. 7, when he tossed seven scoreless frames vs. Colorado in his season debut. Harrell received a no-decision at Miami on April 13 as he yielded four runs in four innings.
1. Marlins second baseman Omar Infante’s homer on Tuesday was his sixth in 26 games this season. He hit seven in 148 contests last year.
2. Florida’s Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-3, ending his 10-game hitting streak. Teammate Emilio Bonifacio kept his stolen base streak alive, improving to 15-for-15 and tying the club record to start a season with a swipe in the first inning.
3. Houston sent Aneury Rodriguez back to Triple-A Oklahoma City after his start on Tuesday and activated fellow right-hander Rhiner Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.