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Uggla's walk-off hit in 11th leads Marlins to fifth straight win

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MIAMI -- Just before the bottom of the 11th inning, Cody Ross turned to teammate Dan Uggla on the bench and gave him a few choice words.

"This is the inning," Ross said he told him. "I feel it. I usually don't say stuff like that."

Uggla did his part to make the prediction come true, hitting a game-ending RBI single that gave the Florida Marlins a come-from-behind, 9-8 victory over the Houston Astros Tuesday for their fifth straight win.

Chris Coghlan started the inning with a walk off Wesley Wright (2-2), then Nick Johnson walked. After Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu struck out, John Baker walked to load the bases.

Alberto Arias entered in relief, and Uggla lined a single through the left side of the infield. He was mobbed by teammates just after touching first, ducking to the ground to lessen the blows in the dog-pile celebration.

"It feels great," Uggla said. "First off to get the win, and then being the one to get the win, it's just a lot of fun."

The Marlins didn't waste this opportunity after blowing a chance in the 10th, when Jeremy Hermida was thrown out at the plate by Jeff Keppinger. Brian Sanches (3-1) pitched the 10th to get the win.

The Marlins had come back from a five-run deficit to take the lead before Geoff Blum's RBI double in the ninth off Leo Nunez tied it. Nunez recovered to get Hunter Pence to ground into an inning-ending double play with runners on first and third.

"We can't quit," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said about his team's current slide. "I keep saying we need a [winning] streak, and we do need one."

After being swept last week by the last-place Washington Nationals, the Marlins' playoff hopes looked grim. Then they swept NL East-leading Philadelphia, and with two wins to start a seven-game homestand, the Marlins have quickly climbed back in contention. Florida remains 3½ games behind the Phillies, who beat the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

"It's a great win for us because we're on a roll," Ross said. "When we were down, you're thinking you don't want this winning streak to end. I'm glad it didn't."

The Astros seemed ready to end the Marlins' streak early.

Carlos Lee had a two-run double, and Miguel Tejada added a two-run single to highlight a five-run fifth that gave Houston a 6-2 lead. The Astros sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning to chase Chris Volstad, who allowed eight hits and walked three in 4 2/3 innings. Tejada also had a sacrifice fly in the sixth to stretch Houston's lead to 7-2.

But Volstad wasn't the only starter to quickly implode.

Roy Oswalt gave up four straight singles to start the sixth, and the Marlins would score four in the inning to trim Houston's lead to 7-6 without even getting an extra-base hit. All the runs in the inning were charged to Oswalt, who was replaced in the inning without recording an out.

Oswalt had last pitched two weeks ago, leaving after 1 2/3 innings with a sore back, but showed no signs of the injury Tuesday.

The Marlins capped the rally with Baker's two-run double in the seventh off reliever Jeff Fulchino to take an 8-7 lead.

"You have to give credit to them. They never quit," Tejada said. "That was a tough game because that was a game we should have won."

Notes

  • Astros LHP Mike Hampton (right knee) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and will make his regularly scheduled start Thursday against the Marlins, Cooper said.
  • Bourn established a new career high with his 42nd stolen base of the season, swiping second in the sixth inning.
 
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Hero of the night Dan Uggla says 'being the one to get the win, it's just a lot of fun.' (AP)
Hero of the night Dan Uggla says 'being the one to get the win, it's just a lot of fun.' (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Baker
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Houston

M. Tejada
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF5221100 .285
Kazuo Matsui, 2B6110012 .244
Miguel Tejada, SS5233011 .323
Carlos Lee, LF5022010 .314
    Matt Kata, PR-LF0000000 .200
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Coste, PH1000001 .239
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .333
    Alberto Arias, P0000000 .000
Geoff Blum, 3B5011011 .266
Hunter Pence, RF5120002 .290
Ivan Rodriguez, C5021011 .254
Darin Erstad, 1B3100212 .202
Roy Oswalt, P1100012 .150
    Jeff Fulchino, P0000000 .333
   b- Jason Michaels, PH1000010 .223
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Keppinger, LF1000000 .268
Totals43813838  
a-flied out for Valverde in the 11th
b-struck out for Fulchino in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Tejada (34, Nunez), Carlos Lee (26, Volstad)
SF - Miguel Tejada (7)
SH - Roy Oswalt (10)
RBI - Michael Bourn (28), Miguel Tejada 3 (67), Carlos Lee 2 (70), Geoff Blum (38), Ivan Rodriguez (34)
2-OUT RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (12)
SB - Michael Bourn 2 (42, 2nd base off Volstad/Baker, 2nd base off Wood/Baker), Hunter Pence (11, 2nd base off Volstad/Baker)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Keppinger 1, Carlos Lee 1
DP - Tejada-Erstad
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt 5966230 3.87
Jeff Fulchino (BS,2) 2222220 3.58
Tim Byrdak 1.1000000 3.70
Jose Valverde 1.2200110 2.57
Wesley Wright (L,2-2) 0.2011320 5.97
Alberto Arias0100000 2.74
WP - Jose Valverde (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 92-57, Jeff Fulchino 47-25, Tim Byrdak 14-8, Jose Valverde 33-18, Wesley Wright 23-10, Alberto Arias 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 4-6, Jeff Fulchino 3-1, Tim Byrdak 4-0, Jose Valverde 2-1
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 24, Jeff Fulchino 10, Tim Byrdak 4, Jose Valverde 7, Wesley Wright 5, Alberto Arias 1
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF5220112 .288
Nick Johnson, 1B4320201 .299
Hanley Ramirez, SS6132034 .351
Jorge Cantu, 3B5210124 .276
John Baker, C5123111 .278
Dan Uggla, 2B5032101 .240
Cody Ross, CF-RF5000016 .259
Jeremy Hermida, RF3001200 .255
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
Chris Volstad, P1000000 .122
    Tim Wood, P1000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1001000 .269
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000000 .270
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   c- Emilio Bonifacio, PH-CF1010001 .249
Totals43914988  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Wood in the 6th
b-grounded out for Meyer in the 8th
c-singled for Pinto in the 10th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (16, Oswalt), Nick Johnson (18, Fulchino), Hanley Ramirez (33, Oswalt), John Baker (20, Fulchino), Dan Uggla (19, Oswalt)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (77), John Baker 3 (37), Dan Uggla 2 (60), Jeremy Hermida (43), Ross Gload (19)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (38), Dan Uggla (27)
SB - Chris Coghlan (6, 2nd base off Wright/Rodriguez), Hanley Ramirez (22, 2nd base off Valverde/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1
DP - Ross-Cantu, H. Ramirez-Uggla-N. Johnson
E - Dan Uggla (10, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad 4.2866320 4.71
Tim Wood 1.1111020 0.84
Kiko Calero 1000010 1.99
Dan Meyer (H,16) 1000010 2.47
Leo Nunez (BS,4) 1311000 4.01
Renyel Pinto 1000010 2.57
Brian Sanches (W,3-1) 1100010 1.07
IBB - Erstad by Chris Volstad
HBP - Oswalt (by Chris Volstad)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 87-51, Tim Wood 16-13, Kiko Calero 9-6, Dan Meyer 16-12, Leo Nunez 11-8, Renyel Pinto 6-5, Brian Sanches 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 5-7, Tim Wood 1-1, Kiko Calero 2-0, Dan Meyer 1-1, Leo Nunez 2-0, Renyel Pinto 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 26, Tim Wood 5, Kiko Calero 3, Dan Meyer 3, Leo Nunez 5, Renyel Pinto 3, Brian Sanches 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13312
Game Time - 4:06
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Derryl Cousins