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Olsen finds groove, pitches Marlins past Astros

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- When Scott Olsen came out of the game in the eighth inning, he received a backslap from his shortstop and a standing ovation from much of the crowd.

"I hope we see that guy again," Florida Marlins teammate Mike Jacobs said as he watched Olsen head for the dugout.

Olsen's turbulent season took a turn for the better Sunday, when he pitched 7 1/3 innings to help Florida rally past the Houston Astros 6-5.

The victory was Olsen's first in three starts since his DUI arrest, but he said that wasn't a reason to consider the performance significant.

"We just need to win games," he said. "It doesn't matter what circumstances it's under. We just need to win."

Like Olsen, a 12-game winner as a rookie last season, the Marlins have endured a difficult year. With the pitching staff ravaged by injury, they're struggling to stay out of last place in the NL East.

Olsen, meanwhile, was fined for making an obscene gesture toward fans, then suspended for two games following a scuffle with a teammate, and now faces legal problems. The left-hander had allowed 13 runs in 10 innings in two starts since his early-morning arrest July 21, hiking his ERA to 5.53.

Sunday's victory gave him something to celebrate. Wearing sunglasses and a towel around his neck, he stood on the infield afterward accepting congratulations from a parade of teammates.

"He threw lights-out," said Cody Ross, who drove in two runs after coming off the bench in the fourth inning. "He needed it. We needed it. It was just a great day for him."

Olsen (9-9) allowed two of Houston's first three hitters to score, then settled down and retired 14 of 15 batters during one stretch.

"Olsen was great," Houston's Chris Burke said. "You don't see a lot of left-handers with command of all three pitches. That's what makes him tough."

The Astros managed only six hits and three runs off Olsen, who struck out eight and walked one.

"A nice outing -- probably his best of the year," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Good progress for him."

Marlins slugger Miguel Cabrera departed in the fourth inning with a bruised left elbow after being hit by a pitch. His replacement in the order, Ross, doubled home a run in the fifth to put the Marlins ahead to stay and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.

NL batting leader Hanley Ramirez hit his 19th home run for Florida. No. 8 hitter Alfredo Amezaga drove in two runs with a groundout and a sacrifice fly for the Marlins, who went 3-3 on their homestand.

Houston's Carlos Lee hit an RBI double in the first and a three-run homer in the eighth, his 23rd. Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances, retiring Eric Munson to foul out for the final out with the tying run on second.

"We got back close," Houston manager Phil Garner said. "That's enough of that baloney, though. We've gotten close a lot of times."

The Astros concluded a 2-4 trip and lost for the 13th time in their past 18 road games.

Matt Albers (2-5) allowed five hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings. He started for right-hander Chris Sampson, who went on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a sprained elbow.

Defensive lapses by Houston helped Florida score two runs. With the score 2-all, Dan Uggla was hit by a pitch to start the fifth, and he came home on Ross' double. Todd Linden's single made it 4-2.

The next batter, Jeremy Hermida, hit a pop foul, but third baseman Ty Wigginton and shortstop Eric Bruntlett struggled with the sun and let it drop near them. Hermida then singled, and Amezaga's fly scored another run.

"That's just one of those rotten, stinking, no-good, ratty things that have happened to us this year," Garner said. "The ball gets caught up in the sun and there are two guys battling to catch it. It's not poor defense, just a rotten thing to happen."

Notes

  • Astros LHP Stephen Randolph left the game in the sixth inning because of a strained left biceps. "We'll call it a 'tired' bicep for now," Garner said. "We don't know if it's serious."
  • Marlins LF Josh Willingham, who left Saturday's game and went to the hospital for treatment of a kidney stone, was held out of the lineup but feeling better.
  • Albers has allowed 12 home runs in 59 innings.
 
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Florida's Matt Treanor is out at home after colliding with Houston's Eric Munson.  (AP)
Florida's Matt Treanor is out at home after colliding with Houston's Eric Munson. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

C. Lee
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Florida

S. Olsen
IP 7.1
H 6
ER 3
BB 1
K 8
 

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Houston Astros
Chris Burke, 2B4110000 .231
Mark Loretta, 1B4120021 .286
Lance Berkman, RF3220110 .260
Carlos Lee, LF4124011 .298
Ty Wigginton, 3B2001101 .279
Jason Lane, CF4000022 .169
Eric Bruntlett, SS3000021 .271
   a- Mike Lamb, PH1010000 .299
Brad Ausmus, C3000000 .230
    Mark McLemore, P0000000 .000
   b- Luke Scott, PH1000000 .249
Matt Albers, P2000010 .154
    Stephen Randolph, P0000000 .000
    Woody Williams, P0000000 .091
    Eric Munson, C2000001 .270
Totals3358529  
a-singled for Bruntlett in the 9th
b-grounded out for McLemore in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Lee (30, Olsen)
HR - Carlos Lee (23, Lindstrom)
SF - Ty Wigginton (8)
RBI - Carlos Lee 4 (90), Ty Wigginton (51)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee 3 (42)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Lane 1
E - Brad Ausmus (4, Throwing)
Houston Astros
Matt Albers (L,2-5) 4.1555361 6.25
Stephen Randolph 0.2110100 12.86
Woody Williams 1000000 5.37
Mark McLemore 2300120 4.30
HBP - Cabrera (by Matt Albers), Uggla (by Matt Albers), Treanor (by Stephen Randolph)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Albers 96-54, Stephen Randolph 19-11, Woody Williams 14-11, Mark McLemore 36-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Albers 3-4, Mark McLemore 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Albers 23, Stephen Randolph 5, Woody Williams 3, Mark McLemore 9
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4211111 .341
Dan Uggla, 2B4120001 .254
Miguel Cabrera, 3B1000000 .338
    Cody Ross, CF2122000 .309
Mike Jacobs, 1B5000035 .251
Todd Linden, LF4221002 .231
Jeremy Hermida, RF2010212 .262
Matt Treanor, C2000101 .292
    Miguel Olivo, C0000000 .231
Alfredo Amezaga, CF-3B2012101 .270
Scott Olsen, P3000025 .211
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Borchard, PH1000010 .196
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Totals3069658  
a-struck out for Lindstrom in the 8th
Batting
2B - Cody Ross (8, Albers), Alfredo Amezaga (12, McLemore)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (19, Albers)
SF - Cody Ross (1), Alfredo Amezaga (4)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (54), Cody Ross 2 (19), Todd Linden (7), Alfredo Amezaga 2 (26)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (32, 3rd base off Williams/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen (W,9-9) 7.1633180 5.43
Matt Lindstrom 0.2122111 4.06
Kevin Gregg (S,23) 1100000 3.19
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 105-72, Matt Lindstrom 19-11, Kevin Gregg 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 4-9, Kevin Gregg 1-2
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 28, Matt Lindstrom 4, Kevin Gregg 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14622
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt