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Houston at Florida

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Houston (30-62)2001000104102
Florida (43-48) «00140000x571

Marlins 5, Astros 4

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MIAMI -- With his enthusiasm and veteran leadership, center fielder Mike Cameron has helped rejuvenate the Florida Marlins, who are undefeated since he joined the team.

On Sunday he contributed a hit, too.

Cameron belted a tying two-run homer for his first hit with the Marlins, and they went on to beat the woeful Houston Astros 5-4, completing a four-game sweep.

Florida heads into the All-Star break with a season-best five-game winning streak, all since the 38-year-old Cameron arrived via a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

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"He has been in this game for a long time," Florida catcher John Buck said. "It's pretty unanimous that we're all excited he's here."

Cameron batted only .149 in Boston and is 1 for 10 with the Marlins. But he grinned when asked if he has played a role in the winning streak.

"Maybe it's a little bit of karma -- me being around so long and being enthusiastic with the guys and keeping them positive," Cameron said. "It feels like home."

The erratic Marlins are only five games below .500 (43-48) despite a streak last month of 19 losses in 20 games. The four-game sweep was the first for Florida since May 2010 against the Mets.

Manager Jack McKeon said he was sorry about the timing of the All-Star break.

"I hate to see it show up, but that's the way it goes," he said. "We're going good, and everybody is in a great mental state. The train is moving north."

Meanwhile, Houston reached a new low in a miserable season by being swept in a four-game series for the first time since May 2007 at Arizona.

All-Star Hunter Pence hit his 11th homer for the Astros, but they go into the break with a record of 30-62, worst in the majors.

"Enjoy your break, everybody," outfielder Michael Bourn said. "We know we haven't been playing well. We needed this break. It's come at the right time because we need to clear our heads."

Emilio Bonifacio, a catalyst in Florida's recent surge, had three hits and extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. He stole three bases and scored twice.

All-Star Gaby Sanchez drove in two runs. Chris Volstad (5-8) allowed three runs in six innings, and Leo Nunez pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances.

Wandy Rodriguez (6-6) was nursing a two-run lead when Cameron homered in the fourth.

"This is what we know he can do - pop the ball out of the ballpark, tie the game up, stuff like that," McKeon said. "He's a real pro, a class act, and he's going to be a good influence on the young players."

Buck and Bonifacio kept the inning going with singles. Omar Infante's sacrifice fly put Florida ahead to stay, and Sanchez followed with a two-out RBI double.

Rodriguez departed after allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

"That Mike Cameron home run took him out of his game a little bit," Astros catcher Carlos Corporan said.

The Marlins scratched out their first run in the third. Bonifacio led off with a single, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and came home when Sanchez grounded out.

Bonifacio has thrived in the leadoff spot since McKeon became manager June 20, and his average has climbed 26 points in the past two weeks to .285.

"He has played tremendous since I've been here," McKeon said. "He is turning himself into an outstanding leadoff hitter, and he has just been going crazy on the bases."

Notes

Astros 2B Matt Downs had one hit while batting cleanup for the first time this season. ... Bonifacio improved his average against left-handers to .342. ... The Astros are 3-14 in Miami since the start of 2007. They're 4-16 when Corporan starts at catcher.

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

E. Bonifacio
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Houston

H. Pence
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3000122 .287
Clint Barmes, SS4010013 .250
Hunter Pence, RF4221011 .323
Matt Downs, 2B4110011 .270
Brett Wallace, 1B4122010 .285
Chris Johnson, 3B4010011 .243
Brian Bogusevic, LF2000001 .212
   a- Angel Sanchez, PH1000000 .258
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Keppinger, PH1000000 .301
Carlos Corporan, C3021010 .188
   c- Carlos Lee, PH1000000 .268
Wandy Rodriguez, P2000011 .121
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   d- Jason Michaels, PH-LF2010000 .208
Totals35410419  
a-grounded out for Bogusevic in the 7th
b-flied out for Melancon in the 9th
c-popped out for Corporan in the 9th
d-singled for F. Rodriguez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brett Wallace (22, Volstad), Carlos Corporan 2 (5, Volstad, Dunn)
HR - Hunter Pence (11, Mujica)
RBI - Hunter Pence (60), Brett Wallace 2 (25), Carlos Corporan (4)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Wallace 2 (9), Carlos Corporan (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Downs-Wallace
E - Carlos Corporan 2 (4, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wandy Rodriguez (L,6-6) 5.1555531 3.52
Fernando Rodriguez 0.2100020 2.95
Wilton Lopez 1100010 2.81
Mark Melancon 1000000 3.07
HBP - Morrison (by Wandy Rodriguez)
WP - Wandy Rodriguez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 101-55, Fernando Rodriguez 11-8, Wilton Lopez 9-7, Mark Melancon 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 6-6, Wilton Lopez 2-0, Mark Melancon 3-0
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 26, Fernando Rodriguez 3, Wilton Lopez 4, Mark Melancon 3
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B3230100 .285
Omar Infante, 2B3001022 .251
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4012011 .293
Hanley Ramirez, SS2000201 .242
Logan Morrison, LF3010011 .267
    Dewayne Wise, PR-LF0000000 .171
Mike Stanton, RF3100104 .255
Mike Cameron, CF3112100 .144
John Buck, C4110001 .220
Chris Volstad, P1000010 .207
   a- Wes Helms, PH1000010 .204
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .293
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals2857556  
a-struck out for Volstad in the 6th
b-grounded out for Mujica in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gaby Sanchez (22, Rodriguez)
HR - Mike Cameron (4, Rodriguez)
SF - Omar Infante (6)
SH - Chris Volstad (5)
RBI - Omar Infante (27), Gaby Sanchez 2 (50), Mike Cameron 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Gaby Sanchez (27)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio 3 (16, 3rd base off Rodriguez/Corporan, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Corporan, 2nd base off F. Rodriguez/Corporan), Hanley Ramirez (15, 3rd base off Rodriguez/Corporan)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Infante-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez, H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez
E - Hanley Ramirez (13, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Volstad (W,5-8) 6733160 5.40
Mike Dunn (H,8) 0.1100000 3.80
Steve Cishek0100000 2.08
Randy Choate (H,12) 0.1000010 0.96
Edward Mujica (H,7) 1.1111021 3.16
Leo Nunez (S,25) 1000000 3.51
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 95-63, Mike Dunn 5-4, Steve Cishek 3-1, Randy Choate 5-3, Edward Mujica 23-14, Leo Nunez 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 7-3, Mike Dunn 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 24, Mike Dunn 2, Steve Cishek 1, Randy Choate 1, Edward Mujica 5, Leo Nunez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17123
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jerry Meals