Stanton Drives In Three In Marlins Win Over Houston

Stanton Regains NL RBI Lead In Win Over Astros


The Marlins were able to win their third straight game on the road, and sixth game in their last seven contests, with a 7-2 victory over the Astros tonight.

Tom Koehler got the start and though he got hit with the longball in the first inning, he settled down and allowed just one run over the final four innings.

In total, Koehler threw five innings tonight en route to his seventh win on the season, allowing three earned runs on nine hits – including a home run – and two strikeouts.

Miami got a run right off the bat in this one as Casey McGehee drove in Christian Yelich, who walked to lead off the inning, for his 58th RBI on the season.

The Astros, however, took a lead of their own in the bottom of the first on a two-out two-run home run by Jason Castro, his ninth on the season.

The Fish came back out swinging in the second, though, as they swapped Houston for the lead for the second straight inning.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked to lead off the second inning, and after Reed Johnson flew out Donovan Solano doubled to advance Salty to third base. Adeiny Hechavarria then walked to load the bases with one out for Christian Yelich.

Yelich singled to bring home a run and keep the bases loaded, and after Jordany Valdespin struck out swinging Giancarlo Stanton came to the plate and put the Fish ahead 5-2 with a bases-clearing double.

In the top of the third, Johnson did something unusual. He was down in the count 1-2 against Jarrod Cosart and threw his bat at the ball to keep his at-bat alive:

Koehler worked himself into some trouble in the bottom of the third with runners on first and third and no outs, but Chris Carter hit a line drive up the middle off of Koehler’s back and into the glove of Hechavarria:

From there, Koehler held the Astros off the board by striking out Castro and Matt Dominguez to get out of the jam.

Houston would add one more in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Chris Carter, but that was all the scoring until the ninth in this one when Miami padded their lead on a two-run opposite field home run by Jordany Valdespin, his first with the Marlins and first in more than a calendar year at the big league level.

Chris Hatcher then came on to work the ninth with a four run lead and worked around a leadoff single by Jose Altuve to throw a scoreless inning to give the Marlins their third consecutive win.

With the win, Miami is now 50-53 and gains a game on the Nationals in the standings and are now seven games back of first place in the division. Here are the standings as they sit at the end of tonight’s game:

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Tomorrow the Marlins will go for the series sweep in Houston as they send Jacob Turner (3-6, 6.03) to the mound to square off against Collin McHugh (4-8, 3.28).

Turner hasn’t pitched well this season, to say the least, but he has been a little better of late posting a 4.50 ERA over his last three starts, albeit spanning just ten innings.

McHugh is on the opposite trend as he pitched well to start the season but owns an ugly 5.29 ERA over his last three starts, spanning seventeen innings, while losing all three.

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.