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Pettitte strikes out 10, Astros blast Marlins

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Andy Pettitte and the Houston Astros handed the Florida Marlins their worst shutout loss at home.

Pettitte struck out 10 in seven sharp innings, Adam Everett had a career-high four hits and the Astros beat the Marlins 12-0 Saturday. The Marlins' previous worst shutout loss at Dolphin Stadium was an 11-0 setback to Atlanta on September 23, 1998.

Everett also tied a career high with four RBI. Lance Berkman hit a two-run homer and Chris Burke scored three runs for the Astros, who finished with a season-high 18 hits.

Pettitte (8-9) allowed just five hits and two walks to improve to 2-0 in July. It was quite a change from his previous start against the Marlins this season when he gave up 10 runs and 13 hits in 4 2/3 innings in his first outing this year.

"To get a few runs early was nice and then we just kept adding on," Pettitte said. "My pitches were cutting pretty good. I'm getting in a good rhythm so hopefully that will continue."

Josh Johnson (8-5) pitched five innings for Florida and allowed four runs and six hits. He struck out six in his first loss since June 6 at San Francisco. He had not allowed more than three runs in any of his previous 12 starts.

"I was in bad counts and threw way too many pitches," Johnson said. "My fastball was missing all over the place."

The Marlins lost for the fourth time in five games while the Astros won for just the second time in six games.

Brad Ausmus and Everett had RBI singles in the second inning and Berkman hit his 25th homer in the third to make it 4-0.

"It was nice to get hits with guys in scoring position," Everett said. "We finally played some Astros baseball tonight with everybody contributing."

The Astros pushed across four runs in the seventh. Burke hit a solo homer, Everett drove in a pair with a double and Pettitte singled in Everett.

"That sure was fun, it hasn't happened very much," manager Phil Garner said. "Most of the time it's the top six of the batting order that does the damage. When they (Ausmus and Everett) can pitch in and get runs for us it gets us over the hump."

Ausmus went 3-for-5 with two RBI for Houston, which tacked on four runs in the eighth. The Marlins' bullpen allowed eight runs.

"We didn't play well and we didn't pitch well," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "He (Pettitte) located his cutter very well and his curveball was effective. If he has his curveball it's dynamite. It didn't matter if they were up two runs or one run, we didn't score."

Notes

  • Houston's Craig Biggio reached on an infield single in the sixth for his 2,884th career hit, tying him with Zack Wheat for 34th on the career list.
  • The Astros turned one double play and lead the majors with 110.
  • Berkman went 2-for-5 with two RBI and leads the National League with 83 RBI.
  • Johnson lost for just the second time in seven decisions at home.
  • Everett went 4-for-4 and also scored a run. He has driven in four runs in five games in his career.
  • Houston's 18 hits tied a season high for a Florida opponent. The Giants had 18 hits in a 14-2 win over the Marlins on June 5.
 
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Andy Pettitte strikes out 10 and walks two in seven innings to improve to 2-0 in July.  (AP)
Andy Pettitte strikes out 10 and walks two in seven innings to improve to 2-0 in July. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

A. Everett
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 4
Houston

A. Pettitte
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 10
 
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B5010015 .271
    Willy Taveras, CF1000003 .260
Mike Lamb, 1B4100205 .333
Chris Burke, CF-2B5322133 .295
Lance Berkman, RF5222030 .323
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Bruntlett, PH-3B1000010 .253
Aubrey Huff, 3B5220102 .284
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
Preston Wilson, LF3210110 .281
   b- Luke Scott, PH-RF2111001 .500
Brad Ausmus, C5032002 .238
Adam Everett, SS4144100 .245
Andy Pettitte, P1011001 .152
   c- Orlando Palmeiro, PH-LF1010000 .235
Totals421218126922 
a-struck out for Springer in the 9th
b-doubled for Pr. Wilson in the 8th
c-singled for Pettitte in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Burke (18, Herges), Luke Scott (1, Herges), Adam Everett (14, Petit)
HR - Chris Burke (6, Petit), Lance Berkman (25, Johnson)
SH - Andy Pettitte 3 (8)
RBI - Chris Burke 2 (26), Lance Berkman 2 (83), Luke Scott (1), Brad Ausmus 2 (20), Adam Everett 4 (32), Andy Pettitte (3)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Everett 2 (16), Andy Pettitte (2)
CS - Mike Lamb (3, 2nd base by Johnson/Olivo)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Huff-Biggio-Lamb
PB - Brad Ausmus (1)
Houston Astros
Andy Pettitte (W,8-9) 75002100 4.99
Russ Springer 1100100 3.77
Trever Miller 1000030 4.21
WP - Russ Springer (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 100-65, Russ Springer 20-10, Trever Miller 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 6-4
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 27, Russ Springer 5, Trever Miller 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4020001 .270
Dan Uggla, 2B4010014 .302
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4000013 .326
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
Josh Willingham, LF2010210 .269
Cody Ross, RF4000025 .238
Mike Jacobs, 1B3010011 .286
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    Alfredo Amezaga, 3B1000010 .259
Miguel Olivo, C4000031 .286
Reggie Abercrombie, CF4010021 .220
Josh Johnson, P1000011 .040
   a- Joe Borchard, PH0000100 .234
    Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .200
    Wes Helms, 1B1000000 .261
Totals3206031317 
a-walked for Johnson in the 5th
Batting
2B - Josh Willingham (18, Pettitte)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Reggie Abercrombie (5, Misplayed grounder), Cody Ross (1, Dropped fly)
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson (L,8-5) 5644461 2.48
Yusmeiro Petit 1.2544211 8.68
Matt Herges 1.1643000 4.36
Taylor Tankersley 1100020 1.69
IBB - Lamb by Josh Johnson
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 85-52, Yusmeiro Petit 41-23, Matt Herges 31-19, Taylor Tankersley 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 6-2, Yusmeiro Petit 1-3, Taylor Tankersley 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 24, Yusmeiro Petit 12, Matt Herges 11, Taylor Tankersley 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14146
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Ted Barrett