Houston at Florida

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Houston (48-61) «0000003328110
Florida (50-60)000100100270

Astros 8, Marlins 2

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MIAMI -- Houston's Roy Oswalt and a brief rain storm were too much for Dontrelle Willis to overcome Friday night.

The left-hander lost his eighth straight decision as Oswalt shut down the Florida Marlins in the Astros' 8-2 victory.

Willis (7-11), on the longest losing streak of his major league career, hasn't won since May 29 at the Chicago Cubs, a span of 12 starts. He pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits.

Oswalt (11-6) allowed a run and four hits over six innings with five strikeouts. He has a four-game winning streak since July 20.

Willis gave up a two-run double to Eric Bruntlett that gave Houston a 2-1 lead, and the rain came, causing a 30-minute delay. Willis didn't return and the Marlins dropped 10 games under .500 (50-60) for the first time since August 19, 2006.

"It was a tough game tonight. I feel I threw the ball very well but Oswalt did the same," Willis said. "I felt strong and I was executing my pitches where I wanted to but a couple plays got through so you have to tip your hat. I felt like I was right there the whole night."

Despite his third consecutive quality start, Willis tied Milwaukee's Chris Capuano for the longest losing streak in the majors.

"He pitched good, it's just a shame he got hooked up with Oswalt," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I'm pleased with his performance, he was outstanding."

Bruntlett had three hits and a career-high four RBI. He had been hitless in his previous seven at-bats before getting three straight hits, including two doubles.

The Astros trailed 1-0 in the seventh inning when Carlos Lee led off with a single and Ty Wigginton doubled to put runners on second and third. As rain began to fall, Willis struck out Jason Lane, then Bruntlett hit a two-run double to center.

"It's an awfully great feeling to get RBIs and come up with big hits," Bruntlett said. "That was when the rain was really coming down. It was good to sneak one in right before (a rain delay)."

After the delay, Matt Lindstrom relieved Willis. Orlando Palmeiro pinch hit for Oswalt and drove in Bruntlett with a single to make it 3-1. It was Palmeiro's 116th career pinch hit, tying him for ninth on the career list with Jerry Lynch.

The Marlins closed to 3-2 in the seventh off Dave Borkowski, who relieved Oswalt. Alfredo Amezaga doubled, then scored when pinch-hitter Todd Linden singled.

Houston stretched its lead to 6-2 in the eighth. Reliever Justin Miller walked in a run with the bases loaded and Bruntlett doubled in two runs.

"Big night by Bruntlett, driving in some big runs for us, then everyone else stepped up," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "Roy threw well tonight. I don't know whether we should feel fortunate for the rain delay but at least we got the lead on him right before."

Chris Burke made it 8-2 with a two-run homer, his fourth, off Carlos Martinez in the ninth. Burke had three hits.

"If you can outlast the other pitcher, a lot of times you can get that win in the seventh or eighth inning," Oswalt said. "It's especially big to keep the bullpen off at least for six innings."

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Jeremy Hermida hit his 10th home run.

Craig Biggio led off the first with a single, his 3,022nd hit, one away from Lou Brock, who is 22nd on the list.

Notes

Josh Willingham was hit by Oswalt twice, in the first and sixth. The second time he took a pitch on the left elbow that doubled him over in pain but he stayed in the game. ... The Marlins placed RHP Byung-Hyun Kim on waivers on Friday and he was claimed by Arizona. Kim, acquired from Colorado on May 13, was 6-5 with a 4.63 ERA. ... Florida placed RHP Renyel Pinto on the 15-day DL because of a left shoulder strain. RHP Carlos Martinez was called up from Double-A Carolina. ... The Astros purchased the contract of LHP Stephen Randolph from Triple-A Round Rock. RHP Chris Sampson was placed on the 15-day DL because of a right ulnar collateral ligament sprain.

 
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Houston

E. Bruntlett
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
Houston

C. Burke
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B4010030 .247
    Luke Scott, RF1110000 .249
Chris Burke, RF-2B^LF4232000 .232
Lance Berkman, 1B5000013 .257
    Mark Loretta, 2B0000000 .282
Carlos Lee, LF4210101 .295
    Brian Moehler, P0000000 .250
Ty Wigginton, 3B2210200 .280
Jason Lane, CF3001113 .173
Eric Bruntlett, SS4134001 .286
Brad Ausmus, C4000025 .233
Roy Oswalt, P2000020 .109
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1011000 .250
    Dave Borkowski, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Lamb, PH-1B1000010 .301
Totals358118410  
a-singled for Oswalt in the 7th
b-struck out for Miller in the 9th
Batting
2B - Luke Scott (19, Martinez), Chris Burke (12, Miller), Ty Wigginton (23, Willis), Eric Bruntlett 2 (3, Willis, Miller)
HR - Chris Burke (4, Martinez)
SH - Chris Burke (3)
RBI - Chris Burke 2 (18), Jason Lane (17), Eric Bruntlett 4 (9), Orlando Palmeiro (6)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Lane (5), Eric Bruntlett 2 (6), Orlando Palmeiro (4)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Oswalt-Bruntlett-Berkman
Houston Astros
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Dave Borkowski (H,5) 1311020 5.29
Trever Miller 1000000 4.83
Brian Moehler 1000000 5.35
HBP - Willingham (by Roy Oswalt), Willingham (by Roy Oswalt)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 82-56
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 5-7, Dave Borkowski 1-0, Trever Miller 1-2, Brian Moehler 1-2
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 24, Dave Borkowski 6, Trever Miller 3, Brian Moehler 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4030000 .342
Dan Uggla, 2B4000024 .252
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4010022 .338
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000022 .262
Josh Willingham, LF2000000 .268
Jeremy Hermida, RF4111014 .259
Matt Treanor, C4000000 .299
Alfredo Amezaga, CF3110100 .269
Dontrelle Willis, P2000001 .132
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   a- Todd Linden, PH1011000 .226
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Borchard, PH1000000 .198
Totals3327217  
a-singled for Lindstrom in the 7th
b-lined out for Martinez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (33, Oswalt), Alfredo Amezaga (11, Borkowski)
HR - Jeremy Hermida (10, Oswalt)
RBI - Jeremy Hermida (35), Todd Linden (6)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Hermida (15)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeremy Hermida 1
DP - H. Ramirez-Jacobs
PB - Matt Treanor (3)
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (L,7-11) 6.1633150 4.91
Matt Lindstrom 0.2100010 3.71
Justin Miller 1233330 2.63
Carlos Martinez 1222011 18.00
IBB - Lee by Justin Miller
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 86-59
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 5-8, Carlos Martinez 1-1
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 25, Matt Lindstrom 2, Justin Miller 8, Carlos Martinez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 15226
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Bob Davidson