Behind Three-Run First, Marlins Complete Sweep Of Astros

Marlins Win Fourth Straight Behind Four Run Output


The Marlins were able to win their fourth straight game and complete the sweep of the Astros on the road with a 4-1 victory this afternoon.

Jacob Turner got the start and continued his recent trend with a strong performance, allowing just one earned runs over 5 2/3 innings on six hits – including a home run – two walks, and four strikeouts.

Turner collects his fourth win of the season and finishes the month of July with a 2-0 record and a 3.18 ERA, lowing his ERA from 6.29 to 5.29 in that span, even though some of that work came out of the bullpen.

Miami scored in the first inning for the second straight ballgame this afternoon, and it wasn’t just one run as the Fish got off to an early 3-0 lead in this one.

Christian Yelich singled to lead off the game and scored on an RBI triple by Jordan Valdespin, giving him what was at the time his second straight plate appearance with an extra-bat hit and an RBI leading back to his two-run home run in the ninth inning of yesterday’s game.

Two batters later Casey McGehee would drive in Valdespin with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Garrett Jones followed him up with his eleventh home run of the season, and his seventh in his career in Minute Maid Park.

The Astros scored in the first inning for the second straight game via the longball, though, as Jose Altuve hit his fourth home run on the season to lead things off for the Astros. The play was reviewed but ultimately upheld by the umpiring crew:

The Marlins would add another run in the top of the sixth inning on a solo home run by Marcell Ozuna, his sixteenth on the season, but the game would remain 4-1 until the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dan Jennings, Chris Hatcher, and Bryan Morris combined to throw 2 1/3 perfect innings before handing the ball off to Steve Cishek in the ninth.

Cishek came on to close the game out in the bottom of the ninth, and though he allowed a one out home run to Jon Singleton, he struck out two of the other three Astros hitters to record his 26th save of the season.

With the win, Miami is within two games of .500 at 51-53 but will remain seven games back of the victorious Nationals for first place in the division.

The Marlins went 6-1 on the road trip, the best seven game road stretch in franchise history. Here is how the NL East standings look at the end of this game:

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The Fish will now head home for a seven-game homestand, kicked off by a weekend series against the first-place Nationals.

The Marlins will send Nathan Eovaldi (5-6, 4.20) to the mound to square off against Jordan Zimmerman (6-5, 3.20).

Both pitchers have been struggling of late, though, as Eovaldi owns a 7.00 ERA over his last three starts and Zimmerman owns a 5.02 ERA over that same span.

Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.