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HOUSTON -- Jeremy Hermida doesn't like to think of himself as a home run hitter.
Like it or not, he and more than half the Florida Marlins starting lineup wore the title well Friday night when they set a team record with six home runs in a 10-6 win over struggling Roy Oswalt and the Houston Astros.
Hermida hit two of Florida's home runs and four other players connected.
Oswalt (0-3) gave up four home runs in a game for the first time in his career. Hermida had his first multihomer game in the majors.
Hermida said the team talked a lot in the spring about picking up the slack offensively with Miguel Cabrera gone to Detroit.
"With losing Miggy just the whole lineup had to step up," he said. "You can go through the lineup and see a lot of guys have done that so far. We have different guys contribute every night and that's what we need."
The Marlins' previous record for homers was five. Florida has hit 20 in 10 games this season.
Oswalt allowed nine hits and eight runs in four innings. The three-time All-Star has struggled in each of his three starts this season, allowing a combined 30 hits and 17 runs.
He said he's concerned.
"Certainly I am. I have never went through this before," he said. "Hopefully it will change."
The five home runs he has given up this season are more than a third of the 14 he allowed last year.
Astros manager Cecil Cooper said Oswalt is healthy and he doesn't know why he's having trouble.
"If I knew I'd tell you. I have no clue. No clue," Cooper said. "Going into this game I thought it was his best stuff. I don't know what happened."
Houston led 3-0 before the Marlins scored five times in the third inning. Alfredo Amezaga hit an RBI single and Hermida's two-run homer tied it.
"We hung in there and made him throw some balls over the plate and swung the bat pretty good," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I'm glad we got out of there with the win. It's tough to beat Roy."
Oswalt's problems continued in the fourth when Mike Rabelo, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, led off with a home run. Pitcher Ricky Nolasco singled and Hanley Ramirez followed with a home run, making it 8-3 and drawing even louder and more spirited boos.
Hermida and Jacobs hit consecutive homers in the ninth inning.
Hermida said he never imagined they'd set the team record for home runs with Oswalt pitching.
"Definitely not," he said. "Roy Oswalt is one of the best pitchers in the game and his numbers aren't showing that this year but he's still one of the best. Every time you face him it's a tough day."
Berkman had an RBI double in the first. Singles by Miguel Tejada and Blum and an error by Jacobs at first base put Houston ahead 3-0.
Nolasco (1-0) got the win in his first start of 2008 after two appearances in long relief. He allowed seven hits and five earned runs in five innings.
Nolasco hadn't started a game since May 17 and was put on the DL two days later with elbow inflammation.
"I was a little anxious there in the first," he said. "I tried to do a little too much a little too quickly, but I tried to settle down after that, and I was able to do that."
|Third-base coach Bo Porter is busy congratulating Jeremy Hermida and Co. on a slew of HRs. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||1||2||2||0||0||1||.410|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.348|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||4||2||2||3||1||1||1||.357|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||5||2||3||1||0||1||1||.286|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||4||1||1||2||1||0||1||.293|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||0||.208|
|Mike Rabelo, C||5||1||2||1||0||2||3||.400|
|Robert Andino, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.444|
|Ricky Nolasco, P||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.333|
|a- Dan Uggla, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.184|
|Justin Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Josh Willingham, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.237|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wes Helms, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Nolasco in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Miller in the 8th|
|3B - Alfredo Amezaga (1, Oswalt)|
|HR - Hanley Ramirez (3, Oswalt), Jeremy Hermida 2 (2, Oswalt, Villarreal), Mike Jacobs (5, Villarreal), Jorge Cantu (2, Oswalt), Mike Rabelo (1, Oswalt)|
|RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (8), Alfredo Amezaga (4), Jeremy Hermida 3 (6), Mike Jacobs (10), Jorge Cantu 2 (5), Mike Rabelo (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alfredo Amezaga (4), Jeremy Hermida 2 (2), Jorge Cantu 2 (3)|
|SB - Dan Uggla (1, 2nd base off Moehler/Towles)|
|CS - Mike Rabelo (1, 2nd base by Villarreal/Towles)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - H. Ramirez-Andino-Helms|
|E - Mike Jacobs (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Ricky Nolasco (W,1-0)||5||7||6||5||2||2||2||4.22|
|Justin Miller (H,2)||2||1||0||0||0||3||0||1.13|
|Renyel Pinto (H,3)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 82-53, Justin Miller 22-15, Renyel Pinto 13-9, Matt Lindstrom 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 5-9, Renyel Pinto 2-1, Matt Lindstrom 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 25, Justin Miller 7, Renyel Pinto 4, Matt Lindstrom 3|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.195|
|Mark Loretta, 2B||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.200|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||5||2||2||2||0||2||2||.289|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||2||2||0||0||1||1||.293|
|Geoff Blum, 3B||4||1||2||3||0||0||0||.320|
|Hunter Pence, RF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.196|
|J.R. Towles, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.185|
|Roy Oswalt, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.167|
|a- Tomas Perez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.143|
|Brian Moehler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Darin Erstad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dave Borkowski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Doug Brocail, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jose Cruz Jr., PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.111|
|Oscar Villarreal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Oswalt in the 4th|
|b-flied out for Moehler in the 6th|
|c-hit into fielder's choice for Brocail in the 8th|
|2B - Lance Berkman (6, Nolasco)|
|HR - Lance Berkman (3, Nolasco), Geoff Blum (2, Nolasco)|
|RBI - Lance Berkman 2 (7), Geoff Blum 3 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Geoff Blum 3 (3)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Tejada-Loretta-Berkman|
|E - Miguel Tejada (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Roy Oswalt (L,0-3)||4||9||8||8||0||6||4||9.00|
|IBB - Cantu by Wesley Wright|
|WP - Wesley Wright (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 85-59, Brian Moehler 32-21, Wesley Wright 22-7, Doug Brocail 17-11, Oscar Villarreal 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 4-2, Brian Moehler 3-2, Wesley Wright 2-0, Dave Borkowski 1-0, Doug Brocail 1-2, Oscar Villarreal 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 21, Brian Moehler 7, Wesley Wright 5, Dave Borkowski 1, Doug Brocail 4, Oscar Villarreal 5|
|Attendance - 34191|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly|