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Marlins use their gloves and bats to salvage series split

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- The Marlins' worst home shutout loss in franchise history didn't faze them at all.

Hanley Ramirez and Wes Helms each homered and drove in three runs to help Florida bounce back with a 9-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Houston pounded Florida 12-0 on Saturday but the Marlins responded with four homers Sunday to salvage a split of the four-game series.

"This team is resilient," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "We beat (Roger) Clemens Friday night, get smoked last night, and bounce back today. Some days things work out."

Jeremy Hermida and Mike Jacobs also homered for Florida. Scott Olsen (7-4) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings to get his first win since June 16 against Toronto.

"It was hot out there but I was able to escape only giving up three runs," Olsen said. "The bullpen did great and saved me again."

Hermida hit the first pitch from reliever Wandy Rodriguez in the sixth over the right-field wall to put the Marlins ahead 5-3.

Jacobs homered in the seventh and doubled in a run in the eighth, and Helms also doubled in two runs in the seventh for Florida.

Taylor Buchholz (6-7) yielded four runs and three hits in five innings for Houston, finishing with seven strikeouts and five walks. Buchholz was 3-0 in his previous four starts.

The Marlins made three great plays in the outfield to help hold the Astros in check. Center fielder Alfredo Amezaga made a diving, backhanded catch on Aubrey Huff's flyball with a runner on first to end the seventh.

"In the daylight it was hard to see the ball off the bat," Amezaga said. "I thought it was going to be over my head but I just ran. I don't know how I caught that ball."

In the eighth, Hermida made a diving catch on Preston Wilson's line drive to right.

"Preston hit the ball well and it was tailing away from me but I was fortunate to get the angle on it," Hermida said.

Left fielder Cody Ross made a one-handed catch against the wall in the ninth on a flyball by Luke Scott.

Helms led off the fifth inning with a home run on the first pitch from Buchholz. Ramirez hit a three-run drive with one out to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead.

"I kind of lost it in the fifth inning," Buchholz said. "I gave up the lead off home run, then I couldn't get the ball down. I lost it from there."

Lance Berkman hit a two-run double and scored a run for Houston.

Notes

  • The Marlins optioned RHP Yusmeiro Petit to Triple-A Albuquerque after the game and recalled RHP Chris Resop from Triple A.
  • The Marlins have homered in 12 of 14 games in July.
  • This is the third time this season and 28th in franchise history that the Marlins had four home runs in a game.
  • Ramirez let go of his bat after a first-inning swing. It landed about five rows behind the third-base dugout.
  • Berkman has 14 RBI in his last 11 games.
 
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Hanley Ramirez also gets it done on defense, as he tags out Eric Bruntlett at second base.  (AP)
Hanley Ramirez also gets it done on defense, as he tags out Eric Bruntlett at second base. (AP)

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Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Florida

W. Helms
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Houston Astros
Willy Taveras, CF5110012 .259
Chris Burke, 2B5130010 .303
Lance Berkman, 1B5122023 .324
Aubrey Huff, 3B3000102 .280
Preston Wilson, LF4011011 .281
Eric Munson, C4010022 .223
Eric Bruntlett, RF3010111 .256
Adam Everett, SS3000102 .242
Taylor Buchholz, P1000111 .036
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000001 .232
    Wandy Rodriguez, P0000000 .100
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
   b- Luke Scott, PH1000000 .333
Totals353934915 
a-popped out for Buchholz in the 6th
b-flied out for Lidge in the 9th
Batting
2B - Lance Berkman 2 (17, Olsen, Olsen), Preston Wilson (19, Olsen), Eric Munson (5, Olsen)
RBI - Lance Berkman 2 (85), Preston Wilson (48)
2-OUT RBI - Preston Wilson (21)
CS - Eric Bruntlett (1, 2nd base by Olsen/Treanor)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Aubrey Huff (4, wild throw)
Houston Astros
Taylor Buchholz (L,6-7) 5344572 5.31
Wandy Rodriguez0111101 5.22
Russ Springer 1.1222001 4.18
Trever Miller 0.2111020 4.44
Brad Lidge 1111120 5.73
HBP - Borchard (by Trever Miller)
Pitches-Strikes - Taylor Buchholz 89-53, Wandy Rodriguez 10-5, Russ Springer 25-16, Trever Miller 11-8, Brad Lidge 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Taylor Buchholz 3-4, Wandy Rodriguez 1-0, Russ Springer 1-3, Brad Lidge 1-0
Batters Faced - Taylor Buchholz 22, Wandy Rodriguez 3, Russ Springer 6, Trever Miller 4, Brad Lidge 5
Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, CF3200213 .254
Hanley Ramirez, SS5123000 .272
Mike Jacobs, 1B5122021 .288
Dan Uggla, 2B3110211 .302
Jeremy Hermida, RF4111023 .291
Joe Borchard, LF3100022 .229
    Cody Ross, LF0000000 .238
Wes Helms, 3B3123110 .272
Matt Treanor, C2100213 .212
Scott Olsen, P0000000 .080
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
   a- Josh Willingham, PH1000002 .268
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
   b- Reggie Abercrombie, PH1000010 .219
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
Totals3098971115 
a-popped out for Messenger in the 6th
b-struck out for Kensing in the 8th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (21, Buchholz), Mike Jacobs (26, Lidge), Wes Helms (6, Miller)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (7, Buchholz), Mike Jacobs (13, Springer), Jeremy Hermida (3, Rodriguez), Wes Helms (6, Buchholz)
SH - Scott Olsen 2 (5)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (28), Mike Jacobs 2 (50), Jeremy Hermida (15), Wes Helms 3 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Jacobs (24), Wes Helms 2 (11)
CS - Dan Uggla (4, 2nd base by Buchholz/Munson)
Team LOB - 7
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen (W,7-4) 5.1633460 4.28
Randy Messenger (H,9) 0.2000000 3.41
Logan Kensing (H,13) 2100020 3.99
Joe Borowski 1200010 3.75
WP - Scott Olsen (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 97-53, Randy Messenger 9-5, Logan Kensing 24-16, Joe Borowski 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 5-4, Logan Kensing 1-3
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 25, Randy Messenger 2, Logan Kensing 7, Joe Borowski 5
Game Information
Attendance - 11638
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Laz Diaz