Dallas Keuchel earns 7th win as Astros beat Marlins 12-2

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19 May, 2017

The Miami Marlins are for sale, and their players aren't helping the team's market value.

As of Wednesday, the Houston Astros completed 25% of their 2017 Major League Baseball regular season.

The 11:10 AM start time (Houston time) is likely to be the earliest start for a game this season, and hopefully the Astros will give us something to cheer about on our lunch breaks.

With the win, Houston improved its Major League Baseball best record to 29-12, which is the club's best start after 41 games in franchise history. McCullers wore the cleats as a tribute to late Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) who was killed along with two others in a boating accident. They outhit the Astros 12-8 but went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and fell to 1-6 on their homestand. Mathis' two-run shot also came against Robles, hit hard for the second consecutive outing after a strong start to the season. He's negotiating with a group that includes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, and another group led by businessman Tagg Romney, son of the former Republican nominee for president. A bruise just below the elbow was visible nearly immediately, but after consulting with a trainer and manager Don Mattingly, Straily finished the inning.

"There was emotion for me pregame", McCullers said. I know it meant a lot to him to pitch on this mound and in this ballpark. "I can't speak for guys".

Wednesday afternoon, both of those trends continued as they won for the ninth time in 10 games, defeating the Miami Marlins 3-0 to complete a three-game sweep at Marlins Park.

Freeland (4-2) allowed three runs, five hits and four walks while striking out three. "And he would want me to go out there and pitch my game and in that way celebrate him and pitching".

If they acquire Cole, the Astros will team him up with left-hander and 2015 Cy Young victor Dallas Keuchel and righty Lance McCullers, making them a risky big three in the postseason.

The performance from McCullers was his third straight outing with at least six innings pitched while giving up zero earned runs.

Relievers Chris Devenski, Will Harris and Ken Giles preserved the shutout as the Astros lowered their team ERA to 3.41 - best in the AL and equaling the Los Angeles Dodgers for best in the major leagues.

Helped on offense by Jose Altuve's four extra-base hits, McCullers pitched six scoreless innings to lead Houston to a 3-0 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

Keuchel allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. He improved his record to 7-0, becoming the first seven-game victor in the major leagues this season. This was their first three-game sweep of the season, and it ended a 5-1 road trip.

"Sometimes it takes a little while to get untracked, " Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. "It was an incredible display on how to win games". Starter John Lackey allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Bradley added a solo homer in the second for a 2-0 lead.

Gordon said he should have gone to first base with the ball. I can't let that happen. "I made a dumb play". But, the Pirates have not officially talked about being sellers at this point, even though their season seems to be nearly lost after All-Star outfielder Starling Marte was suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drugs, pitcher Jameson Taillon had to have surgery for suspicion of testicular cancer and All-Star Andrew McCutchen is hitting a dismal.206. "I was able to swing the bat, so I feel good, especially because we won".


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